Essay on William Wordsworth 's Poem I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

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Romanticism emerged in Europe during late eighteenth century and is originally a philosophy proposed by Immanuel Kant (Sporre 319). Romanticism was largely the opposite of the Enlightenment era as it focused upon the individual, imagination, free expression, feeling, and deism (Sporre 319). The Romanticism movement also concentrated around the unconscious mind and its emotion as well as the world’s wild and untamed natural scenery. William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) was an English Romantic poet, as his writings often focused upon the natural world and the emotions and sensations he felt upon being one with nature (Sporre 322). In Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” also known as “Daffodils” published in 1807, properly captures the essence of Romanticism as he personifies the flower, daffodils. The poem itself consists of four stanzas, with six lines per stanza with a total of 24 lines. The rhyming scheme follows a simple ABABCC quatrain-couplet, in which each stanza ends in similarly to a Shakespearian sonnet also known as a rhyming couplet. Additionally, each line metered in an iambic tetrameter, in which each line has four “tetra” iambs which are short unaccented syllables followed by a longer accented syllable. Further, Wordsworth puts himself within the poem as he describes himself walking aimlessly and alone “I wandered lonely as a cloud”. He then comes across an enormous field of daffodils beside a lake, and his feeling of loneliness is replaced with that…

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