Daffodils

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.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 04, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABABCC DEDEFF EGEGHH IJIJBB
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 796
Words 153
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 6

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  • CajunLady
    Beautiful
    Reminiscent of my life
    LikeReply1 year ago

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