William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud (Daffodils) - Poem by William Wordsworth

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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.


Comments about I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud (Daffodils) by William Wordsworth

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (1/18/2017 4:26:00 PM)


    A poem rooted in a constellation of vivid nature imagery.

    Great poem from the nature poet himself.

    Sylva-Onyema Uba.
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  • Chinedu Dike (1/14/2017 8:12:00 PM)


    Absolutely beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2017 7:13:00 PM)


    PRECIOUS And PLEASING (Report) Reply

  • Lalee Houben (1/3/2017 8:53:00 AM)

    Awesome memories
    What awesome, soothing, warm, captivating, sweet words. Reading this poem as I did as a child, brought back some wonderful childhood memories. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Lalee Houben (1/3/2017 8:49:00 AM)

    Awesome memories
    What beautiful, peaceful, glowing, inspiring, soothing, sweet words. Reading this again just the way I read it as a child, brought back so many wonderful childhood memories....thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/16/2016 11:15:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a poem of pure joy and expressive feelings of what the poet felt due to what he observed with the dancing daffodils. (Report) Reply

  • Arnel Lanorio (12/15/2016 7:15:00 PM)


    A picturesque poem about nature with reflections about life. One of my favorites so far. Rhyme and meter are excellent! (Report) Reply

  • Kuldip Kunghadkar (12/7/2016 4:14:00 AM)


    A very good poem that is.... (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2016 7:51:00 PM)

    Lovely poetry
    This is poem I learnt when I was in Grade 2. I had to memorise the entire poem and say on stage for the parents. What memories. Beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Surinder Pal Singh Bains (11/3/2016 10:42:00 AM)

    great poet with lovely poetry
    beautiful poem indeed..........my fav one (Report) Reply

  • Malcolm Two (9/24/2016 2:38:00 AM)

    Nice poem
    Liked this poem, thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • (9/10/2016 3:02:00 PM)


    am I thy incarnation
    some who read me
    asked
    were these words of Wordsworth
    I wondered who was he then flashed across my mind tens of thousands of daffodils I emerged in memory from distant Kashmir hills was the Wordsworth see me in those daffodils a myriads of colours in j and k
    I was amiss where there were no daffodils all were reddish
    daffodils are yellow but then colours are natures gift
    memories of mind
    hope Wordsworth where ever he may be
    all worlds daffodils are his
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  • (8/28/2016 6:21:00 AM)


    classic, surreal and beautiful, a poem that can make you happy! (Report) Reply

  • (8/25/2016 11:43:00 PM)


    Hats off to the superb imagery and com pare of daffodils with the stars in the galaxy as also waves by the great poet in his equally great poem. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • (8/25/2016 10:36:00 PM)


    ironically not lonely at all (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (8/25/2016 5:26:00 PM)


    Every time I read this poem I see those daffodils blanketing the fields of this great poem. The poem is structurally perfect, the lines glide, the descriptives open my heart and soul to the best thoughts mankind can have of this life and this world that God has given us. (Report) Reply

  • Partha Pratim Goswami (8/25/2016 11:50:00 AM)


    In High School we had to read this poem, then every time I read it I found it new; even today after five or six years of going through it, the delight of reading the same is no less.What a poem -simply marvellous. (Report) Reply

  • (8/25/2016 10:24:00 AM)


    with Recuerdo and others for 'most perfect poem' status. The imagery is certainly not unusual, but the panorama IS, by any account, and the meditative coda is breathtakingly effective. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (8/25/2016 5:22:00 AM)


    And whenever I read this piece on daffodils
    My heart with surging pleasure fills
    To dance with the poet in his fabled hills......

    My most fav poem....
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/25/2016 3:20:00 AM)


    As a cloud! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 25, 2015


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