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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  • Gold Star - 10,427 Points Edgar Stevens (3/2/2015 3:47:00 AM)

    i love this poem..everyone should read it... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Benny Joseph (2/25/2015 8:18:00 AM)

    These lines take me so close to the nature. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kay Simpson (1/29/2015 12:52:00 PM)

    One of my favourite poems it makes my heart smile : ) (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,363 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

  • Freshman - 1,479 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (12/14/2014 6:42:00 PM)

    Bursting with beauty! A creative and compelling composition! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 228 Points Suchithra Harindran (11/16/2014 11:32:00 AM)

    The words came from the deeper heart of the blessed poet.His death is a lost for literature and nature. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,529 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/7/2014 3:33:00 AM)

    This was one poem I had memorized and recited by heart before a listening audience. That was at the age of 12! (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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,297 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

  • Veteran Poet - 3,181 Points Walterrean Salley (10/6/2014 12:56:00 AM)

    I love flowers. This is a beautiful and inspiring poem left on record by Wordsworth. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,933 Points Mohammad Skati (9/17/2014 7:48:00 AM)

    William Wordsworth is one of my favorite poets. True feelings and emotions. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 21,595 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 - 37,965 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

  • Bronze Star - 2,862 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

  • Bronze Star - 5,558 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (8/16/2014 12:19:00 PM)

    He captures the essence of the Daffodil spirit in his poem...I love it when mine bloom because I know Spring is just around the corner.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Transcenderarts Transcenderarts (5/20/2014 11:54:00 PM)

    the original seed, the first poem of george transcender's then 7 year old life - (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Arvind Shah (5/14/2014 6:46:00 AM)

    a good poem for beginners to learn about good poems and poetry (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 25 Points Chaitanya Reddy (5/11/2014 8:32:00 AM)

    that's really the best poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,508 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,415 Points Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 7:50:00 AM)

    So amazing and interesting in this top poem (Report) Reply

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