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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
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
"I wandered lonely as a cloud" -William Wordsworth is a key simile throughout the poem
The meaning of a cloud
Use of figurative language
The use of figurative language makes the poet emotions clear throughout the poem, which creates a free and joyous tone of the poem
"Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in a sprightly dance"(627)
"Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in a breeze"(627)
Literary Analysis cont.
3.(a)"What becomes more and more secure, the longer it is battered by inconstancy and the stress"(623) This means that the longer a relationship has fights is becomes stronger through becoming closer.
1.(a) Simile-"Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun"(620) Metaphor-"Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly"(621) (b) The simile tries to describe that a dream deferred just sits with a person and depresses a person.The metaphor explains that a life without dreams is not happy and is depressing.
2.(a) Personification-"...golden daffodils...dancing in the breeze"(627)(b) The figurative language describes the beautiful scenery that surrounds the narrator, and helps the reader comprehend the tone.
Wordsworth poem is about a lonesome, but free life.
The simile compares a lone cloud and to lone person
A cloud floats through the sky and drifts along. A cloud is free and independent.
He compares himself to a cloud because it represents the way he wanders throughout life and liberates himself
The tone in the poem develops as the poem goes on. The poem starts out with a pondering line of
"I wander as
as a cloud"(627)
But as the poem goes on the poet becomes more liberated by nature
"When all at once I saw a crowd...
Fluttering and dancing
By the end of the poem the poet is joyful
"Outdid the sparkling waves in
could not but be
And then my heart with
fills, and dances with
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
by William Wordsworth
a cloud floats
it drifts peacefully among the other clouds
the use of Wordsworth simile using the idea of a cloud contributes to the idea/theme of freedom and liberation from society
The poem is about Wordsworth freeing himself. He
is happy with nature, and is feeling free and inspired.
He is lonely, but happy because he is free of all distractions of life. He is one with nature.
Summary of the Poem