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I Wandered lonely as a Cloud

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on 7 March 2013

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William Wordsworth I wandered lonely as a cloud Poet who is observing nature

English countryside; meadow-like setting with daffodils and a certain body of water nearby Speaker & Setting Paraphrase & Summary 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./ The speaker is on a hill, looking at a field of golden daffodils. They are being blown in the wind.

There are so many daffodils in a single line, it reminds the speaker of the Milky Way. The daffodils’ movements are portrayed as a dance. Form and Rhyme Sound Devices and Rhyme Tone and Tone Shifts The tone is cheerful, pleasant, pensive, and merry.
Tone shifts:
Stanza 4: “For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood,” (somber) shifts to “And then my heart with pleasure fills.” (merry)
Stanza 1: “I wandered lonely as a cloud…” shifts at “When all at once” to a happier tone. The daffodils outdo the waves of the lake. The poet says you must be happy while watching the daffodils. He stared at them for awhile, but didn’t fully recognize the substance until later. At home, he recognizes the meaning of the daffodils, and whenever he is feeling pensive, he is filled with pleasure with the thought of the flowers. The poet sees a field of daffodils which brings him pleasure in the present and the future. Diction and Effect Syntax and Effect Imagery and Effect Alliteration: high o'er vales and Hills, Beside the Lake, beneath the trees. Adds to the melodious feeling while reading the poem- reflects his joy around the flowers.


In each stanza, the first line rhymes with the third and the second rhymes with the fourth, reflecting that same melodious feeling. The poem is ordered with 4 stanzas with six lines each, adding to the simple, musical qualities of the poem. simple and folksy theme and language.

The rhyme scheme is simple as well (ABABCC). The last two lines of each stanza rhyme like a couplet (rhyming couplet). There is no slant rhyme, adding to the order of the poem. Allusions and Theme/Till Allusion: Indirect Bibical references to angels (the personification of the daffodils). Furthers the spiritual undertones of the poem. The clouds are representations of heaven. The golden color of the daffodils can be halos. Theme: Nature is a strong force connecting mankind and spiritual forces. Till: This poem was written during the time where Romanticism was a key movement in literature. Poets focused on the powers of nature and its relation to man. I see this poem as an appreciation of nature and spiritual outlook on life. Title and Irony The title is commonly referred to as "The Daffodils," however, the cloud has significance as well. The title puts emphasis of the effects of nature on mankind. It can be interpreted as man is lost and lonely without nature/spirituality, but can be found. It is ironic how the poem exaggerates the poet's loneliness. Even though the daffodils (spirituality) bring him happiness, the happiness is not always there. Phrases and Thesis Statement Continuous as the stars that shine
A Poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company
then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the Daffodils
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze William Wordsworth's poem "I Wandered lonely as a Cloud" reveals that nature can be a source of spirituality and peace for humans through the use of figurative language, diction, syntax, and form. Sources http://www.shmoop.com/wandered-lonely-cloud-daffodils/ poet before daffodils Imagery Personification hyperbole Imagery Personification Repetition Symbolism
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