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Copy of I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth

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Patricia Hatfield

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By William Wordsworth I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud William Wordsworth 1770-1850 Known as the father of British Romantic Movement This was an 1800's movement that emphasized the importance of emotions Samuel Taylor Coleridge and himself published a poetry book together called Lyrical Ballads More about Wordsworth The majority of his poems were about nature and good feelings. The poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud was one of the best of his pieces and was written in 1804 More about Wordsworth Vocabulary O'er vales- over valleys Jocund-cheerful Footnotes Host- a great number Glee- with joy Pensive- thinking deeply
Bliss- great joy or happiness 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 the bay
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads and sprightly dance The waves beside them danced; but they
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee
A poet could not but be gay
In such 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 when my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils Level One of the poem means the most obvious part of the poem The Rhyme Scheme 1st line and the 3rd line
2nd line and the 4th line
5th and 6th lines Imagery What is there to see? Golden Daffodils Stars that twinkle Sparkling waves Personification Personification plays a big role in poems or stories with nature in them. There are many examples of personification in the poem. Daffodils fluttering and dancing in the breeze Daffodils tossing their heads in a sprightly dance Dancing waves Daffodils outdoing the waves in their dance 1st stanza 2nd stanza 3rd stanza 3rd stanza Heart fills with pleasure Dancing Daffodils 4th stanza The Inward Eye "They flash upon the inward eye" Interpretation- the speaker is remembering seeing the flowers, however the images he sees he can not touch for there are no physical images Question 1: What terms does the speaker use to describe himself at the beginning of the poem? Quiz He uses terms such as a lonely cloud, who enjoys walking around and taking in sights Question 2: Where are the daffodils, and what are they doing? The daffodils are beside a lake, and under trees. They are fluttering/dancing in the wind or breeze. Question 3: What does the speaker say happens when he is alone in a pensive mood? He thinks about all of the nature sightings in the inward eye (discussed earlier) and he is in bliss. Question 4: What effect does the scene have on the speaker while he is present? He takes it all in and although he feels alone he is taken away by the sights and his own thoughts. Question 5: How has the speaker's outlook on life changed by the end of the poem? He is always able to find contentment by simply remembering the beauty of the daffodils. Question 3: What does the speaker say happens when he is alone in a pensive mood? Question 6: What is the definition of host? It means a great number Question 7: What is the definition of pensive? It means to think deeply or deeply in thought Question 8: What is the definition of the word bliss? And what word means essentially the same thing? It means to have great joy or happiness The word that means the same think as bliss is GLEE Question 9: Give me 2 examples of personification used in this poem. Some of the examples are
Dancing Daffodils
Dancing Waves
Daffodils with heads
Heart with joy fills
Heart dancing in the daffodils Question 10: To yourself, explain the inward eye and the whole poem itself.
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