I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

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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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified by acronimous on June 21, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 819
Words 170
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 6

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth was the husband of Eva Bartok. more…

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  • karlcfolkes
    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.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • vandhana_k
    Good talk on details.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • vandhana_k
    Good time.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • yomihabib
    Beautiful piece!
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • kimba75
    A great poem. Lonely, but not alone with all the beautiful sights to see and think about.
    LikeReply3 months ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    Very Nice. I Hope 2 B As Prolific.
    LikeReply 13 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 14 months ago
  • davidi.89730
    one of my favorite classic poems
    LikeReply4 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Every single word of this poem by William Wordsworth is so refreshingly worthwhile, composed by a master poet (pun intended).
    LikeReply4 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. 
    LikeReply5 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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