Amongst the daffodils – Wordswort’s imagery

A host of golden daffodils.....

A host of golden daffodils.....

The Daffodils

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 leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but 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.

William_Wordsworth_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_12933William Wordswort

I mis-spell him here to honour him. Just for this poem alone he definitely deserves a wort ( a name for certain herbs in England) to be named after him.

A school text-book favourite, this unabashedly romantic and joyous poem carries a lilt. And it has its own music.  Imagine the last two lines, sung to the tune of the last few lines of  “The Sound of Music”.

Ullswater - here Wordsworth encountered his heavenly field while on a walk with his sister.

Ullswater - here Wordsworth encountered his heavenly field while on a walk with his sister.

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4 Comments on “Amongst the daffodils – Wordswort’s imagery”

  1. Ava Says:

    The poem is certainly schoolbookish. A hark back to romantic tiems before the advent of TS Eliot. We get a couple of killer phrases out of it though – ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’, and ‘bliss of solitude’. Not to mention the image of a field of daffodils that thrills the heart. I envy these chaps their leisurely pastimes.

  2. Ahh! One of my favourite poems. It gladdened my heart to find it here and read it… again. I was transported back to my schooldays… and down nostalgia lane…

  3. spiralled me back to my school days ! Those days after reading wordsworth and Keats I had imagined to become a poet one day !

  4. rocksea Says:

    used to like this poem, helped to float in dreams while listening to lectues 🙂

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