Dec. 31, 2017
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;
Besides 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.
Undeserving Loneliness: Wordsworth’s “Daffodils”
Peace of mind and tranquility in life resides in the identification with nature. The Poem “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth is a lyrical poem by a lonely poet, who also had a despondent early life, expresses his spiritually lonely state of mind affected by the industrialized era in fast growing world. This poem is based on the early-eighteenth century, when all the world is advancing scientifically and new powers are arising causing the people to be distant from each other. That’s why the poet gets close to the nature to overcome his loneliness and uses his imagination to find happiness. Wordsworth, in his poem “Daffodils”, uses poetic/imaginative process to demonstrate his loneliness after the scientific advancements and reflects the inherent connection between man and nature to overcome it.
William starts off with “I wandered lonely as a cloud” with a view to describe his actions of walking in a state of worldly detachments; “As lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er vales and hills” (Lines 1-2). He uses a simile to begin the poem, which he uses to show himself wandering aimlessly all around portraying his actions to have no purpose. Wordsworth lonely state of mind puts himself in a position close to dreaming, unconcerned with the upcoming circumstances. Also, perhaps he uses these first two lines to depict the detached way we live our lives where we fail as emotional human beings to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. This shows us our own impersonal perceptions in the world regarding the level of emotions connected to our surrounding world. Moreover, as evident, Wordsworth wrote this poem in first person perspective which automatically seeks readers’ empathy over the fact that he is saddened by his loneliness.
The poem shows the means of personification to overcome the usual love-providing company by replacing it with the beautiful companion of nature. As the speaker is walking, he notices, “A host, of golden daffodils… Fluttering and dancing in the breeze” (Lines 4-6). For him, at that moment, the daffodils...