A Wander Through Wordsworth's Poem
"I Wander Lonely as a Cloud"
William Wordsworth is a famous Romantic English poet known for his imagery in his work. In his poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," one can see his use of imagery and emotion at its best.
The plot in this poem is quite frank. One reading this poem may believe their are on a mystical journey that the author is portraying.
I wander as lonely 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. (2-6)
The speaker says that while wandering like a cloud and floating high above the hills and valleys he runs into a field of daffodils beside the lake. These dancing, fluttering flowers seem to be caught by the essence of the speaker.
One can obviously see that this instant in his existence has meant a great deal to him. He says that a poet could not help but be happy in such a joyful company of flowers. He also says whenever he feels "vacant" or "pensive" the memory flashes upon "that inward eye" that "is the bliss of solitude," and his heart fills with pleasure "and dances with the daffodils."
The imagery Wordsworth uses is extremely firm, making one feel like they too saw this extraordinary vision of daffodils. He uses soft words such as, the gentle flower that he is describing. He mentions that the daffodils are "fluttering," "dancing," and "twinkling," such terms make the lines flow with a musical expression. He is able to make the daffodils come to life in a joyous movement making one feel like they are also swaying along with the...