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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

John Woodworth D mod
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on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered Lonely as a Cloud I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed-and gazed-but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils. By William Wordsworth John Woodworth
D mod By describing the flowers as "tossing their heads" and "dancing" Wordsworth intentionally gives them human characteristics. Wordsworth compares the flowers in the field to the stars in the sky to give the reader an idea of how many flowers there are. The last line of the third stanza states how when he saw the field, he didn't know that the wonderful sight would be embedded into his memory permanently. In the final stanza, Wordsworth tells the reader that whenever he is feeling bored with life he remembers the field and his heart fills with happiness. Works Cited Jocund: cheerful and lighthearted in disposition, character or quality The term "inward eye" refers to his memory, meaning he is visualizing the image in his mind. Pope, Rob. “The English Studies Book: an Introduction to Language, Literature and Culture”.
New York: The Modern Language Association on America, 1995
Steen, Gerard. "Finding Metaphor in Grammar and Usage: A Methodological Analysis of
Theory”. Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007
Walz, Robert. "Ego Dissolution and Recuperation in William Wordsworth's I Wandered
Lonely As A Cloud". PsyArt. April 21, 2010
<http://www.clas.ufl.edu/ipsa/journal/2002_walz01.shtml>.
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