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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

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I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
By William Wordsworth Stanza 1 Stanza 2 Stanza 3 The End 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: Stanza 4 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. Rhyme Scheme -ABABCC Stanza 1 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. A B C Summary The author walked over the valleys and hills, Finally, he came across a crowd of daffodils stretching out in front of him Summary The daffodils reminded him of the Milky Way, because there were so many flowers in front of him that seemed there is no ending. Summary the author compares the waves of the lake to the waves of daffodils. He comments that he could not help but be happy. He looked at the flowers for a long time, but he was unable to understand what he had gained from the experience Summary The poet describes what he gained from the experience. Afterwards, when he was lonely, he was able to remember the daffodils, seeing them with his "inward eye". He is satisfied. Literary Devices Stanza 1 Alliteration: lonely as a cloud (line 1).

Alliteration: high o'er vales and Hills (line 2).

Alliteration: When all at once (line 3).
***the w and o have the same consonant sound Stanza 1 I wandered lonely as a cloud Simile: Comparison of the speaker's solitariness to that of a cloud (line 1).

Personification: Comparison of the cloud to a lonely human. (line 1)

Personification/Metaphor: Comparison of daffodils to a crowd of people (lines 3-4).

Personification/Metaphor: Comparison of daffodils to dancing humans (lines 4, 6). I wandered lonely as a cloud When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils A host of golden daffodils;Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Stanza 2 Hyperbole - They stretched in never-ending line(line 9)

Hyperbole- Ten thousand saw I at a glance,(line11)


Personification - The "heads" of the daffodils are the part of the flower. It is larger and heavier than the stem, and so it sways in a breeze. (Lines 12) tossing their heads in sprightly dance. Stanza 3 Personification- The waves also have some of the dancing action. (Lines 13-14) The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: Stanza 4 Personification/Metaphor-
The author imagines the daffodils in his spiritual vision, for which he uses the metaphor of an "inward eye."
Personification-His heart dances like a person (lines 21-24) Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils. Analysis Do you know... What does daffodils mean in the poem? The Daffodils are like little yellow people who keep the speaker companied when he is feeling lonely. The happiness of the daffodils can always cheer him up, because they are dancing and are always happy. Theme THEME 1. Nature' s beauty uplifts the human spirit
2. People sometimes fail to appreciate nature's wonders
3. Nature thrives unattended. **4 Natural Beauty P.S. Symbolism Question!! 1.How can he tell that the daffodils are "happy"? Answer The author can tell that the daffodils are happy because they dance. Alexander(21) Jackie(20), Justin(22) Background -lyric poem
-written by William Wordsworth
-inspired by Glencoyne Bay, Ullswater Glencoyne Bay, Ullswater More about the Author...
William Wordsworth a romantic poet
famous English poet

Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems (1798)
Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems (1800)
Poems, in Two Volumes (1807)
Guide to the Lakes (1810)
The Excursion (1814)
Laodamia (1815, 1845)
The Prelude (1850) His work: express feelings
have specific rhyming schemes
set to music or a beat Lyric Poem Romantic Poetry favored more natural, emotional and personal artistic themes

uses informal/ spoken language

began in the mid/late-18th century
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