Saturday, May 07, 2011

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er 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 winkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay;
Ten thousand saw I at a glance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee;
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company;
I gazed-and gazed-but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought;

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

~William Wordsworth

Alas, no fields of golden daffodils are to be found in Jordan, but "my heart with pleasure fills" when the graceful poppies toss their red-bonnet-ed "heads in sprightly dance."


MagistraCarminum said...

Beautiful, M! I just had my little tutoree memorize this poem!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

I think I like poppies better anyway....such a gorgeous color! Wish I could see those brilliant fields with my own eyes.

I come by from time to time to visit you; it's been a while since I left a comment, but I always enjoy your posts.

Quotidian Life said...

Thanks for leaving a comment, Sara. I never tire of looking at poppies!

Chris, K. and I were noting the beauty of this poem this week in our poetry/metaphor study and I had thought of having her memorize it--now I will! Our school has resembled "unschooling" the past couple of weeks due to the aforementioned art portfolio/show and the myriad of spring activities/social events so I think some poetry memorization would be a beautiful way to fill the gaps and help get us back on an orderly track to finish well.

jlt said...

My boys all memorized this poem. I love, love, love his use of imagery. Thank you for sharing. Although I do love daffodils, your poppies are gorgeous!