An Analysis Of William Wordsworth's I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth
The Mind.
Wordsworth was an eminent English poet that together with Samuel Taylor Coleridge launched the Romantic Movement in literature with the 1798 publication of Lyrical Ballads. He is often described as a nature poet, as nature is in the focus of most of his poetry. However, to Wordsworth nature was much more than just a physical manifestation outside of ourselves. Wordsworth wrote most of his early poetry on the relationship between the mind and nature. The alliance between the inner world and the exterior world and how he saw them as fitted to each other.
Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Appendix 2) is said to have been inspired by a walk he took on a visit to Grasmere in the
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At first he is a cloud and he can see his aloneness in the hills of the country, but ironically when he comes across the daffodils who are part of the earth, they manage to take him even higher. The simile “Continuous as the stars that shine” (line 7) brings the speaker past the atmosphere that holds us to the ground and all the way into the mists of the Milky Way. Their importance and beauty also becomes highlighted when they are compared to stars, giving the impression of them being precious, twinkling not only as stars but as gems of…show more content…
The experience touches him and fills him with a light-heartedness, emphasized by words such as “glee”, “gay” and “jocund company” (lines 14-16). The solitude and vacant mood contrast with the flash of the daffodils upon the inward-eye, and the contrast illustrates the effect of the relationship between nature and the mind. Nature has the ability to evoke strong emotions and to inspire the creative mind, to both calm and awaken the human awareness. An impressive experience in nature can develop into a memory that brings “the bliss of solitude” (line 22). By taking a domesticated flowers such as daffodils and bringing them to life, allowing them to dance as if they were wild sprites (line 12) Wordsworth is able to show the greatness and wealth in the small interactions with the natural
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