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Daffodils

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

  1. Who is the speaker?
  2. Where is the setting of the poem?
  3. Show me one place where the poet uses personification. What does using personification do to help you better understand the poem?
  4. Explain the line: “I wandered lonely as a cloud”?
  5. What do you think the poet wants us to know about daffodils?
  6. If you could change the title what would it be?
  7. Draw a line or stanza of the poem
  8. Act out a line or  stanza of the poem