William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

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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,
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  • Rookie Julie Abigael Dualin Coloma (5/16/2010 10:44:00 AM)

    As I read this poem, I can say that it is a common way of making a poem compare with the other literary piece that I am trying to criticize. A simple way of describing something as the writer describes his surroundings with daffodils, a golden flower. This poem is straight forward and I can’t think of any deeper meaning with the daffodils or to any objects that the writer used, daffodils simply describe a beautiful golden flowers. But perhaps, it describes a nature as daffodils can be found in nature. And what this poem teaches me is that to appreciate the beauty of nature in spite of problems and any pressures we are experiencing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sujit Sinha (4/9/2010 10:27:00 AM)

    Thanks Richard. That's very interesting. Indeed behind every great man there is a woman leading him to success! ! Did Wordsworth acknowledge her contribution? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Richard Thompson (4/7/2010 12:17:00 PM)

    The following interesting anecdote about the poem “Daffodils” by Wordsworth is taken from the book “Creators” by Paul Johnson ©2006, page 283:
    “Wordsworth was in some ways an unobservant man. It was his sister, Dorothy, who saw the works of nature, in astonishing detail, and noted them down. When both were at Gowbarrow Bay, on Ullswater, when the daffodils were dancing in the wind, it was Dorothy who observed them and noted them in her journal, passing on her visual experience to her brother, who some weeks later wrote the famous poem. Without Dorothy it would not have come into existence.” (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kamaraju V (4/1/2010 10:31:00 AM)

    (I STILL WORK AS A PROF. IN ELEC. ENGG) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sujit Sinha (2/27/2010 6:59:00 AM)

    This poem also teaches that we must commit the best things we have seen and heard to our memory so that our inward eyes can recall them. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 211 Points Joe Breunig (2/11/2010 1:00:00 PM)

    This wonderful piece is one of my all-time favorite poems; it embodies many of the qualities and ideals that one's poetry should contain - ie, as a writing standard.

    -Joe Breunig
    Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Iru Khan (7/4/2009 1:47:00 AM)

    this is one of my fav poem.i read this one in my poetry recitation competition and got the first prize.this poem gives us a beautiful picture of the nature as well as an inspiring message (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Andrew Hoellering (6/29/2009 12:53:00 PM)

    John Kuhlman: What a sad tale you tell about a misguided teacher!
    It's a pity you allowed her to have such an influence on you, but it is not too late to discover a love of poetry, which will surely enrich your remaining years!
    Courage, mon brave, and keep reading!
    This poem is incredibly Wordsworthian, not just because of Wordsworth's love of nature, but because of the belief it expresses that the memory of such defining moments as he describes here can alleviate times when we feel cut off from everything that enriches us and makes life seem worthwhile. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Srilakshmi Velagapudi (3/12/2009 6:50:00 AM)

    i learnt this poem in my senior inter. This poem created me a lot of interest in literature.Whenever i feel sad i read this poem.It gives me peace. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie John Kuhlman (2/13/2009 6:12:00 AM)

    I had just gotten out of the Army and returned to college in the summer of 1946. I had to take a course in English Literature which included this poem. The teacher asked me to explain the poem to the class. So I started-it is about these beautiful flowers. She said I was wrong-it is about growing old. Later I had a friend who taught English Literature, and I asked him the following question. 'Can't that poem mean one thing to a young man who may never have seen a daffodil and something entirely different when he is 65 years old? ' He said 'of course.' Here I am,85 years old and I have, on many occasions, used the last verse in memorial services for my friends. With that one question, that teacher killed any fancy that might have developed in my mind for poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ashi W (9/25/2008 12:41:00 PM)

    It was annoying not to be able to remember some lines of this well loved poem, learnt long ago in school.Memories are also of the beautiful Lake district where the romantic poets penned their beautiful poems.I love going back there. As for the poem I just had to look it up and felt relieved to find it in its entirety and to find others enjoyed it so much too made me feel good. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ramanathan Nachiappan (2/2/2008 3:39:00 AM)

    34 years back I first read this poem in my school.This one poem captured me.It is a joy remembering it again and again.Simple poem, comprehensible, and it makes me happy. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Glenda Wilson (1/14/2008 6:16:00 PM)

    I had to memorize this poem when in the eighth grade. I am 62 yrs old now, and I still love the rythemic way it reads. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sue Cox (7/13/2007 1:02:00 AM)

    This is a favourite from childhood when I sang it as a song called 'I wandered Lonely as a cloud' I am now 64 and I still knew most of the words. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Paul Rose (4/3/2005 11:00:00 PM)

    I learned this poem when I was 10, I'm now 38 and I still remeber every word. A great poem (Report) Reply

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