Directions: Read the poem to yourself a few times; then read it aloud. If you want to hear someone else read it, you can can click here
by William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high over 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 be but gay,
In such a jocund* company: *happy
I gazed’and gazed’ but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For often, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive* mood, *thoughtful
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss* of solitude; *happiness
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Personification: giving human qualities to non human things
- Who is the speaker?
- Where is the setting of the poem?
- Show me one place where the poet uses personification. What does using personification do to help you better understand the poem?
- Explain the line: “I wandered lonely as a cloud”?
- What do you think the poet wants us to know about daffodils?
- If you could change the title what would it be?
- Draw a line or stanza of the poem
- Act out a line or stanza of the poem