William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

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 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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Veteran Poet - 2,810 Points Rajesh Thankappan (12/24/2014 9:33:00 AM)

    John Keats rightly wrote, ' A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.' This is what Wordsworth too conveys in the last stanza. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 14 Points J Charles Avinash (11/6/2014 3:56:00 AM)

    I saw freedom in poet's life.
    We may think we have freedom to choose our life but think again, they are lot of other influences like social status. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 996 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (10/6/2014 2:41:00 AM)

    One of the most beautiful short poems by the Nature Poet. The final stanza sums up the timeless Wordsworthian philosophy of the eternal bond between Nature and the human psyche and how the former influences the latter. Simply exquisite! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 18,524 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (8/26/2014 9:57:00 AM)

    I express my deep gratitude to this column for getting a chance to read the great poet's nature poem in its beauty and spirit and outstanding beautiful description indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 35,275 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/24/2014 1:52:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful and lovely poems with the last stanza killing with joy- 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. Thrill thrill and thrill (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,744 Points Abekah Emmanuel (8/23/2014 6:34:00 PM)

    Indeed Wordsworth worth much! His vivid description of nature makes him outstanding. This particular poem was one of my favourite poems during my high school and is still is a favourite. Beautiful work and mesmerizing rhymes! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,094 Points * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 9:15:00 PM)

    ........if I were a flower...I would wish to be a beautiful daffodil....enjoyed this wonderful poem... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Laxminarayan Hota (4/18/2014 12:41:00 AM)

    The best one. I have started reading poem at the age of 8. Daffodilsis one of them.
    The poet has narrated the nature impeccably. I really appreciate the deepness in his thought. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 65 Points Tawfeeq Hasan Khan (4/16/2014 11:10:00 AM)

    i am just of 14 now and quite inexperienced and have just stepped into the vast ocean of poetry.I would like to request you to comment on my poems to let me know the real depth of that ocean of poetry.Thank you, may the dusk in your life be lit by fireflies and you get the similar light as that you get in dawn... (Report) Reply

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