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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (The Daffodils) by William Wordsworth


"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is a poem written by William Wordsworth. Although this poem is named "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" it is also commonly referred to as "The Daffodils". The poem is about seeing a field of daffodils that "stretched in never-ending line" and now whenever he closes his eyes, he sees the daffodils and, he states, "then my heart with pleasure fills".

"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is a four stanza poem with six lines in each. It is rhymed as ABABCC. It is written in iambic-tetrameter.


I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

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 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.

Next: London, 1802
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