Summary and Analysis of Daffodils by William Wordsworth

I hope you’ll enjoy reading this summary of daffodils by William Wordsworth. Imagination has been the source of Wordsworth’s poetry. Nature is seen as a guide/angel, a source of Wisdom in every poetic works of Wordsworth. Simplicity, mysticism, spontaneity, and individual freedom forms the keynote of Wordsworth’s poems. Daffodils or I wonder lonely as a cloud is a poem known for its exceptional simplicity, yet re-fineness of it’s thoughts.

Summary of Daffodils by William Wordsworth: Introduction

The poem was written in the year 1802. It was first published in Poems in Two Volumes, in 1807. The very starting line of the poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud” informs the poets profound sentiments of being left alone. It was actually the death of his brother John that led him to “loneliness”. We should remind the readers that this poem was not a result of imagination. Dorothy, Wordsworth’s sister provides us an explanation of the occasion which inspired Wordsworth to produce this masterpiece:–
“When we were in the woods beyond Gowbarrow park, we saw a few daffodils close to waterside.” Thus the poem is a result of actual visualization rather than imagery”.

Analysis of Daffodils: Insights

In the beginning lines, Wordsworth describes himself as a ‘cloud’ that floats over the hills. This presents an idea of seclusion. The idea of being alone is contradicted by the phrase “crowd” (line 3). This is actually the ‘setting of the poem‘. As human form Wordsworth prefers seclusion but the ‘crowd’ of daffodils bewilders his senses. The feeling of ecstasy suddenly makes a dive.

Setting of the Poem: Wordsworth may be at discomfort in human multitude but not amidst the objects (crowd) of Nature.
Nature permeates the entire poem. Phrases like a crowd, a host, continuous as the stars, they stretched in never-ending lines, ten thousands saw eye at a glance presents deep implications. The poet says: I wondered lonely as a cloud that floats on the high o’er Wales and hills.Daffodils, an everyday found flower has been portrayed in magical verses and blended with transcendental romanticism. Even the daffodils outdid the sparkling waves in glee and left an everlasting mark in the mind of the readers of this poem.

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    October 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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    October 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Clearly explained. Thanks

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    February 25, 2015 at 3:14 am

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