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"I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud": A In Depth Look At The Poem By William Wordsworth.

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"I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud" AnalysisBy Jessica StillmanHumanities 103Project 2 option 2The poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (also known as "The Daffodils") by William Wordsworth, England's Poet Laureate in 1843, was originally written in 1807. The poem that we know and are familiar with today is the revised version published in 1815. It is, perhaps, one of the most famous poems that William Wordsworth has written. It is a lyrical poem written in remembrance of a walk taken, by a lake in Cumbria County, England, with his sister, Dorothy Wordsworth, in 1802. Although William Wordsworth is listed as the author to the poem, he cannot lay full claim to all of the writing. Between 1807, when the poem was first written, and 1815, its second release, William Wordsworth made some much needed improvements, as well as adding an entire stanza in which his wife, Mary, helped him to write. It is known to be an example of uncharacteristic writing for Wordsworth and shows lack of his usual spontaneity in writing.The final version of the poem is comprised of 4 stanzas with 6 lines in each. This poem is written in a quatrain couplet rhyme scheme: ABABCC. Each line is metered in iambic tetrameter. The original version was comprised of three stanzas, 6 lines each. It was also written in the quatrain-couplet rhyme scheme.This poem, although simple, is an elegant and lovely poem depicting the author's wandering and his happenstance onto a field of daffodils by a lake. The memory pleases him so much so that, when he is lonely, he reflects on this moment and allows it to give him comfort. This feeling of euphoria with the memory sets the tone for this poem. It gives the reader the ability to sense Wordsworth's delight with his find.This poem is full of imagery which is created by Wordsworth's usage of metaphors and similes. The first line in the poem "I wandered lonely as a cloud" compares the wandering that he himself does to that of a cloud floating high above him in the sky, single and solitary, all alone. The cloud could be, in a way, lonely, without any other clouds around. However, the way that I view it, how often do you see a cloud in the sky all alone? They are usually surrounded by one another, but I have never viewed even a mass of clouds as something delightful and happy (unless of course it is 110 degrees outside in the middle of a drought). They are usually an occurrence that leaves us feeling sad and forlorn, missing the blueness of the sky and the rays of the hidden sun. This to me is perhaps what Wordsworth was conveying. Even though he has friends and family, perhaps he still felt alone, wandering by himself, as a cloud does. We have all had feelings such as these, being surrounded by people and yet feeling separate from them, standing there, ignored and untouched, unable to communicate with anyone, or not wanting to.The next line of the poem says "I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodils." Wordsworth uses this line as a metaphor comparing the...

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