- I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (also known as "The Daffodils") is an 1804 poem by
William Wordsworth. It was inspired by an April 15, 1802 event in which Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy came across a "long belt" of daffodils. It was first published in 1807, and a revised version was released in 1815.
The poem is written in
Like the maiden's song in "
The Solitary Reaper," the memory of the daffodils is etched in the speaker's mind and soul to be cherished forever. When he's feeling lonely, dull or depressed, he thinks of the daffodils, and cheers up. The full impact of the daffodils' beauty (symbolizing the beauty of nature) did not strike him at the moment of seeing them, when he stared blankly at them but much later when he sat alone, sad and lonely and remembered them.
The inspiration for the poem may have been a walk he took with his sister Dorothy around Lake
Ullswater. Dorothy later wrote in reference to this walk:
I never saw daffodils so beautiful they grew among the mossy stones about and about them, some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness and the rest tossed and reeled and danced and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the lake, they looked so gay ever dancing ever changing." (Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere Journal)"
The poem is covered and taught in the 7th grade English textbook of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board of Education of
India. It is also part of the English Literature GCSEcourse in some British examination boards.
Because it is one of the best known poems in the English language and is also unabashedly romantic and sentimental, it has frequently been the subject of
parody. Some recent examples can be found [http://allpoetry.com/poem/2631590 here] , [http://www.dcdave.com/poet13/051225.htm here] , [http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/63.html here] , and [http://limerickdb.com/?182 here] .In the satirical cartoon series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Bullwinkle J. Mooseread the poem while being stalked by Boris Badenov.
* [http://www.wordsworth.org.uk/Default.asp?page=114 The Wordsworth Trust]
* [http://www.grasmerecumbria.co.uk/pages/wordsworth.html Information about William Wordsworth]
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