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William Wordsworth 1770 (Wordsworth House) – 1850 (Cumberland)

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.

About this poem

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is a lyric poem by William Wordsworth. The poem describes the poet's experience of encountering a field of daffodils while taking a walk in the countryside. The sight of the beautiful and vibrant flowers, dancing in the breeze, brings joy and a sense of transcendence to the poet's lonely heart. The poem explores the power of nature to uplift the human spirit and highlights the significance of simple moments of natural beauty in our lives. It is often celebrated for its vivid imagery, rhythmic flow, and its exploration of the themes of nature, memory, and the imagination. 

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23 Comments
  • Paige123
    Love it!
    LikeReply4 days ago
  • vandhana_k
    Good detail.
    LikeReply4 days ago
  • nicole.musango
    Beautiful and understandable
    LikeReply25 days ago
  • LesleyJane
    Simply wonderful and simplistic in its deliverance. Bravo.
    LikeReply28 days ago
  • oliviaritota
    A solid piece!
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • ryan_wazhere
    Is this a reboot of The Sound Of Silence
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • cindya.85038
    Memorized this with my friend in 6th grade….my kids roll their eyes when I recite it on walks in the woods!!
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • Thewriter7
    Love how it takes the thought of that day and shares a whole other feeling
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • alanswansea18
    It amazes me how you come up with these poems.
    LikeReply3 months ago
  • Giselavigil
    I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud is a masterpiece.
    LikeReply3 months ago
  • alanswansea18
    I love how you think. It's rare. These days.
    LikeReply4 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Robin,
    Looked at your poetry collection just now and noticed they have a timeliness to them; a sense of presence of the moment and of reaching out to others. You are by nature a connector.
    LikeReply 19 months ago
  • vandhana_k
    Good talk on details.
    LikeReply9 months ago
  • vandhana_k
    Good time.
    LikeReply9 months ago
  • yomihabib
    Beautiful piece!
    LikeReply10 months ago
  • kimba75
    A great poem. Lonely, but not alone with all the beautiful sights to see and think about.
    LikeReply 110 months ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    Very Nice. I Hope 2 B As Prolific.
    LikeReply 110 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    What magical, artistic, lyrical control of meter and rhythm, of beat and measure, by the poetic genius and wordsmith, William Wordsworth
    LikeReply 111 months ago
  • davidi.89730
    one of my favorite classic poems
    LikeReply11 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Every single word of this poem by William Wordsworth is so refreshingly worthwhile, composed by a master poet (pun intended).
    LikeReply11 months ago
  • luisestable1
    Much can be said about this famous and great poem, but he is looking back at the experience.
    This is a poem that marks what the romantic Wordsworth was all about. He wrote some of the best poems of the romantic poets. This one shows him at his greatest. It is a pleasure to read. 
    LikeReply12 months ago
  • rnadc
    Am I the only one who thought this famous poet's surname was more than a happy coincidence? No, that is really his name...
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • nadidiie
    For artclass, I have to make a drawing inspired by this poem. It is so special and I can really relate to this poem.
    LikeReply 11 year ago

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