The Daffodils

“The Daffodils” was written in 1802 after William Wordsworth (see pp. 133 and 154) and his sister had been out walking on a stormy April day. 

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The Daffodils

By William Wordsworth

 

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.

 

daffodils TASKS

  1. Where does the imagery in the first two stanzas take us?
  2. Who is the speaker with when he sees the daffodils?
  3. The third stanza comments on how “a poet” might react on seeing the daffodils. What does it say?
  4. The fourth stanza, however, seems to bring us to the poem’s real theme. What is it?
  5. Why do you think this poem is so popular?