William Wordsworth was an English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their Lyrical Ballads. William Wordsworths Verses are remembered as verses of spiritual and epistemological speculation. Wordsworth’s deep love for the “beauteous forms” of the natural world was established early.
“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” explores the relationship between nature and humanity. Firstly, it argues that humanity is not separate from nature, but rather part of it. And secondly, it suggests that the natural world and a strong bond with it Is essential to human happiness. The speaker says that, wandering like a cloud floating above hills and valleys, he encountered a field of daffodils beside a lake. The dancing, fluttering flowers stretched endlessly along the shore. Although the waves of the lake danced beside the flowers, the daffodils outdid the water in glee.
William depicts that a poet could not help but be happy in such a joyful company of flowers. Further he says that he stared and stared, but did not realize what wealth the scene would bring him. For now, whenever he feels “vacant” or “pensive,” the memory flashes upon “that inward eye / That is the bliss of solitude,”. And his heart fills with pleasure, “and dances with the daffodils.”
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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 eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
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