Summary Of The Poem I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

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Fusco 1Daffodils (I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud)By William Wordsworth1 I wandered lonely as a cloud2 That floats on high o'er vales and hills,3 When all at once I saw a crowd,4 A host, of golden daffodils;5 Beside the lake, beneath the trees,6 Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.7 Continuous as the stars that shine8 And twinkle on the milky way,9 They stretched in never-ending line10 Along the margin of a bay:11 Ten thousand saw I at a glance,12 Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.13 The waves beside them danced; but they14 Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:15 A poet could not but be gay,16 In such a jocund company:17 I gazed—and gazed—but little thought18 What wealth the show to me had brought:19 For oft, when on my couch I lie20 In vacant …show more content…
The line says, “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” (line 1) which comparativelyanalyzes the characteristics of humans with that of a cloud. This comparison establishes asignificant relationship between humanity and nature. Furthermore, this relationship can bedescribed as a form of personification, which is consistently placed throughout the poem. Theauthor purposefully relates wildlife to humans to show that they both rely on each other. Thisdescription reiterates the main theme, which is that achieving completeness stems from thewilderness itself. In addition, the speaker’s bold interest in the picturesque quality of daffodils ismost especially present through the author’s use of two different forms of personification.Firstly, the daffodils are described saying, “When all at once I saw a crowd, / A host, of goldendaffodils,” (lines 3-4). Again, this use of personification plays into the similarities between therelationships of nature and civilization. In this case, however, it alludes to a deeper meaningrelated to the separation of classes in society. Clouds, in general, are characterized by lonelinessdue to their general distance and separation from the world. Now looking to their …show more content…
Similar to the calming tone daffodilsimpose on the author, this lyrical quality appeals to the senses of the reader and creates a flowingrhythm that soothes the reader’s mind. Ultimately, these uses of figurative language andpersonification highlight the links between the wilderness and human relationships.Another notable quality to the poem is the consistently cheerful tone. Tone refers to theauthor’s intimate feelings towards the topic. The choice of daffodils as the prime subject provesas important to the overall tone of the text. Crucial to understanding the positive connotation ofdaffodils is their well-known appearance. The renowned bright, yellow exterior of daffodilsaccentuates a joyous and child-like tone. This aids the reader’s mind in developing an image ofthe scene. The author further evolves this child-like tone to one of maturity, perfection, and sheermagnificence through the use of words like “golden” (line 4) and “fluttering” (line 6).Additionally, although miniscule to the common eye, the words “I gazed—and gazed—but littlethought,” (line 17) exemplify an infatuation for daffodils within the author. The alliteration ofthe word gazed stress the high affinity the author has for these flowers. This adds to the piece asa whole because love is a relatable emotion for all humans. Whether towards a daffodil or not,humans can recognize this emotion and place their own personal love in its place making

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