Wednesday, 25 May 2011

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

The poem 'Daffodils' is also known by the title 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud', a lyrical poem written by William Wordsworth in 1804. It was published in 1815 in 'Collected Poems' with four stanzas. William Wordsworth is a well-known romantic poet who believed in conveying simple and creative expressions through his poems. He had quoted, "Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility". Thus, Daffodils is one of the most popular poems of the Romantic Age, unfolding the poet's excitement, love and praise for a field blossoming with daffodils.

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 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 leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but 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.

Dear KPLI K1.1...  Please do the following:-
1. Give your personal response to the poem above. 
2. Determine the theme of the poem - the purpose the poet has in writing this poem, the idea he wants to express. 
3. The last lines of a poem are usually important as they either emphasize or change the meaning of the poem. Is this so in this poem?

Please post your comments before the 30th May 2011 ends. Thank You. 

Happy Holidays :)


  1. I simply adore this poem. The lines in the poem create a happy mood and it gives me a good relief whenever i was in a sad situation. I like the way the writer utilizes the metaphors and similes in the poem and it arouses the pleasure to wonders of nature.
    I think the theme of the poem is man versus nature. It is because he imagined himself as a cloud and comparison doesn’t have any relation to Daffodils, which happen to be the main characters. But what it really does is setting a good start to the poem, depicting his desire to be with nature, his need to roam in the beautiful nature. He could have compared himself to any other possible features of nature, but still this one seems to be the perfect choice!

    He manages to see a group of Daffodils, and he suddenly defines its colour as golden, may be an exaggeration of the yellow colour, showing how important that sight happened to be, for him! He has also imagined that they were fluttering and dancing in the breeze, while the only movement was due to the wind blowing hard. He seems to have given life to the flowers with these words, just overflowing with more and more ideas!

    He continues to praise the Daffodils, by comparing them to the twinkling stars, and giving them the human touch yet again by imagining that they are tossing their heads. The comparison with stars actually seemed to show the number of Daffodils - he certainly saw lots of them, and he has said that they formed a never ending line!
    As the flowers were beside a lake, he didn’t leave it out. He considers that the moving water is dancing too, but not as good as Daffodils. The certainly was more than happy with the scene, and it certainly gave him some memories which would stay in his mind for a long time. In the end, i think the poet emphasize on the speciality or wonders of Daffodils again and doesn’t hesitate to say that the show of the Daffodils always flash in front of his eye and brought him joy, whenever he was in a bad mood, and redeems his spirits!

    Have a piece in mind.
    V.Kavitha d/o S.Vasudevan
    Group K1.1-TESL-Jan 2011

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  3. 1. The poem gives a feeling of happiness which comes in a calm way, not really excited. This is because of the way that the daffodils described as dancing and tossing their heads. I think the poet was easily tempted or pleased that he can be in such a joyful feeling which was being emphasized in the poem just by seeing the daffodils moving following the breeze. Maybe the poet is lonely, which was mentioned in the last stanza, and by looking at the dancing daffodils made him happier inside.

    2. In my opinion, the purpose of the poet to write this poem was because he wanted to express the feeling of happiness that he felt related to seeing the nature which was presented by the daffodils.The poet also showed the appreciation towards nature (daffodils) when he brought the readers to think of how wealth that the show of daffodils can be, and that daffodils could make a happy company to him.

    3. The meaning doesn't change in the last stanza because when the poet feels happy, his heart danced with the daffodils. But, the poet have ever felt empty before and by looking to the moving daffodils, he often felt pleasure in himself.

    Muziana Bt. Man
    KPLI-SR (TESL),Intake : Jan 2011
    Group : K1.1

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  5. This poem gives me a real description of nature. I feel like participating in the dance of the daffodils. I like the idea of going to the nature and imagining yourself as part of the nature. It is very fascinating. I was so moved by the lines in the poem. In this poem, the daffodils become much more than mere flowers as they symbolize living a life as rich in experience and sensation. They also represent, in their light-hearted dance, the joy and happiness of living fulfilling life.

    The theme of the poem is a collection of human emotions inspired by nature that we may have neglected due to our busy lives. The daffodils imply rebirth, a new beginning for human beings, blessed with the grace of nature.

    The last lines of this poem do not change the meaning of the poem. The scene of the daffodils keeps the persona happy even today. Whenever the persona remembers that scene, his heart is filled with pleasure and starts dancing imaginatively with the daffodils.


  6. Personally, I found the poem "I wandered lonely as a cloud" by William Wordsworth is quite interesting. When reading through this poem, I found myself easily falling into a trance in where I was also experiencing the wonderful memory. For example, when reading the poem, I visualized the daffodils "dancing", like girls dancing in the breeze. The most important that Wordsworth explains on how significant memories are to him. For example, when he discovered the daffodils, he really appreciated the beauty and amazement of daffodils as he was experiencing it.

    The poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud” shows us the beautiful of nature that means impact of nature at its best. The poem shows about how the flowers, the daffodils dancing with wind, waves dancing slowly and beautifully by the help of the wind. This refers how the poet relates the visual impact of the daffodils on him, the solitary person coming in contact with the ‘laughing company’. The poem also shows us that how the daffodils look like, how the flowers are looks cheerful. The waves in the pool move slowly like dancing with the daffodils. This shows us the beauty of nature that can made us felt refresh, comfortable, romantic and happy. Through the poem, we noticed that even he went home but he still remember clearly the beautiful sight he had seen.

    Well, the poem emphasizes of the beautiful nature, the poet’s reflection about beauty of the daffodils and the happy mood as well as peaceful scene. Throughout the poem, the poet portrays the image of the daffodils “laughing”, means he was delighted with the laughing and happy company provided by both the daffodils and the waves. Meanwhile, I also believe he finds this solitude blissfully tranquil. He provides us with an image of a wandering floating cloud, which for me describes a very peaceful picture. This shows that the last lines did not change the meaning of the poem.
    As a conclusion, I like the poem and can easily imagine what the poet tries to tell us about. Furthermore, Wordsworth’s description of the daffodils is very vivid. The image he paints is very effective. When reading the poem the reader can very easily imagine them.


  7. I notice that the title of this poem is “I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud” while the persona only mentioned about the cloud for only once, which is in the first stanza, and that was all about the cloud.

    Most of the time, he mentioned about daffodils and other elements which were related or somewhere near the daffodils.
    I have this feeling that these daffodils mean something else which are more significant than bunch of flowers in the field. There are a lot of personifications being applied on the daffodils as if the persona was trying to relate the daffodils into people that had made his life more meaningful.

    But yet, why did the person felt lonely? Then I rethink and I believed the theme of this poem is to appreciate the beauty of nature. The nature might be beautiful but one thing I know for sure about nature is that it did not make the persona less lonely but the persona seems did not mind and accepted the he felt accompanied but lonely at the same time when he was with the nature.

    The two final lines tell the readers that the persona was happy by doing simple thing as watching daffodils. The ending had contradicted the title of this poem but I like it ends that way. I feel happy because the mood of the poem did not as gloomy as the title and I believe this poem is a good material for me to read whenever I feel down and lonely.

    -Abdul Al-Azim

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  9. As obvious as the title, this poem talks about nature (Daffodils or I wonder as a lonely cloud). Personally i feel that the writer is feeling lost or tensed and therefore he is turning to the nature for some serenity and peace.
    The theme can be related to how one should appreciate nature and enjoy the mother earth. There is no other pleasure than enjoying the nature and beauty of flowers (in this scenario, it is the daffodils).
    The last stanza of this poem still talks about the daffodils and happiness filled with joy watching the daffodils dance and sway. The narrator still feels as calm from the beginning of the poem.

    K1.1 TESL KPLI

  10. When i read this poem, i can feel the sensation of the beauty of daffodils described by the narrator. It feels so alive. In my opinion, this poem is kind of romantic poem. It is because i can feel a deep emotion and feelings of the narrator. this poem is like a day dreaming where his thoughts are far away and describing himself lonely as a cloud.

    As the narrator is walking, he notices a host of golden daffodils and he is trying to describe these 'golden daffodils' are beautiful in their nature. They represent joy and happiness to the narrator where the daffodils catching the eye of the narrator. Whenever he feels lonely, the daffodils' beauty can cheer him up and bring pleasure to him.

    I think the last lines of this poem do not change the meaning of the poem. It is just like a mirror of the whole poem where the narrator says "dances with the daffodils." Here he emphasized by staring at the daffodils, it will give joyful and pleasure to him as he wanted to dance with the daffodils.


  11. First thing first, when I read this poem, I feel like I have been injected by some kind of psychological feature that arouses my demotivated feelings nowadays. Even though it is not as firm and convincing that I would have needed by now, but bottomline it still gives me some sort of motivation. The theme of this poem, the way I read it, is motivative and to some extent, it would have advertently told the readers about being humble. This is justified by the stanza in which the author is talking about the cloud ; as it looks down upon the daffodils from that height, then he only realizes how beautiful and springy the daffodils can be compared to when you see the daffodils at the same height as you; plain and make no difference with other flowers. For me, it meant that don't underestimate or look down upon somebody or something and try to see things from the other side to realize the vantage or X-factor it may have.

    I also think that the author is in solitary with the life that he is living because he only sees things as he sees it;diagonal and does not take a chance to look at the other side. In contrary, when he gets a chance to see something different, something peculiar then he only realizes how beautiful and mirthful life could be. Thats why the author is emphasising in the last stanza that in whatever situation, either in vacant or pensive mood, which I think whenever he is feeling down and happy, he will just relax and think about the lovely daffodils that dance lively and he can enjoy the ataraxis, if not forever but at least for a while. I personally felt rejuvenated by the tone of this poem; motivating and healing at the same time, at least the way I interpreted it.

    Last but not least, I personally think that the saying "the grass is always greener on the other side" could be employed when there is a point in our life we tend to be bored or upset with the life journey, we need to look at a different side of it and we would probably feel exuberated and forget about the sadness we have. On the other hand, we should always be thankful and do not be proud when we are always on the top as we might be on the bottom someday. I will apply this to myself too so it could deter me from being so full of myself and deny about the other great things that lie under me.


    Faiza Mat Saaid @ Abdullah

  12. 1. when i read this poem can sense a loneliness feeling that been cured throughout the nature around us. it keep remind us that when ever we are lonely it doesn't mean that were cannot be happy. we must be open minded that happiness can come in a different way and nature is one of it. meaning to say is feeling loneliness and sorrow it is not he end of our life,it just the beginning to a new whole chapter and adventure in our life, as for nature it will always there beside us keeping us warm and happy as we lurking around in this vast world. the question is can we as a human can survive alone? as the nature did where they doesn't need a companion to share their sorrow and happiness.

    2. for me the theme of this poem might be "human spirit can be uplifts by the nature's beauty". it is clearly been state at line 23 and 24 "and then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils". which is doesn't matter what kind of human felling it always been shadowed by a nature around him.

    3. the meaning of the poem doesn't chance even in the last stanza because in the last stanza the poet emphasize again that he fully appreciate the cheerful sight of the dancing daffodils.

    p/s: sorry for submitting it late. there is no internet line in my Kampung and i had to travel to pekan to find an internet cafe.

    Hezalvin Maklin.

  13. In my opinion, this poem tells us about the happiness. I really adore this poem because all the lines in the poem can create a wonderful feeling. While reading the poem I feel like I’m like in the wonderland. I can imagine the scene. I feel like I’m the cloud and watching the daffodils from above. Besides, I also learnt something from the poem. I learn that we need someone to be with us to share our feeling and it does not matter where we stand in this life whether up in the sky or down on earth and try to see thing from different angles.

    The theme of this poem the way I read it is the beauty of nature. The nature can create many emotions. A very wonderful emotion that sometime can heal our sad feeling. Sometime when we feel so stressful in life we can reduce it by enjoying the beauty of nature.

    The last lines of the poem tells us that the writer feel so happy. Just by looking at the dancing daffodils can make his heart filled with pleasure.

    p/s: sorry for submitting it late. I’m really sorry…

  14. When I read this poem, it reminds me that whenever I am alone, I don't have to feel pensive about it. Instead, I should think about happier thoughts such as nature's beauty to uplift my spirit and fill my soul with bliss. This poem also tells us that we should appreciate nature's beauty more. The lines, "I gazed - and gazed - but little thought what wealth the show to me had brought" for me mean that we hardly appreciate nature as it it but only through retrospection do we gain appreciation for it.

    The theme of the poem is about nature's beauty as exemplified by the field of daffodils and how it can uplift the human spirit. The poet tries to describe the beauty of nature and thus induces the feeling of inner peace among the readers. Another theme is the appreciation of nature. By describing the beauty of nature in such a vivid and romantic manner, the poet tries to change how we view nature from something mundane to something that will fill our heart with bliss even when we are lonely.

    The last line is important because it tells us the whole point of the poem. If we look at the stanzas before it, all of them are in past tense meaning that the poet is ruminating about nature and it is until the last stanza where the present tense is used and the readers are made aware of the poet's present state as being alone and yet he has come to full realization that nature is beautiful and that beauty fills his heart with bliss and pleasure.

    Leo Ling Leong Sing

  15. In my point of view, this poem tells about the lonely narrator. Yes it’s full of beautiful things but that only in the narrator minds. The narrator tries to create something that lovely and sweet, so that he can fill up his lonely heart. The narrator imagining that he is a cloud, floating thousand miles away and seeing beautiful group of golden daffodils fluttering and dancing. He feels that the group of daffodils looking at him, like he be appreciated by others. But in the end of the day, he just a lonely person that lie on his couch and imagining something good to cure his own heart.

    For me the theme for this poem is “happiness within loneliness”. Its means that narrator try to create something that wonderful and sweet so that he can cure his own bad days.

    And the last line shows that the narrator still imagining the same things to make he feels good. But yet, he still imagining and it will not come true by just lie on the couch.

    p/s: sorry miss for submit it late.

    Mohd Azhar Bin Hassan

  16. 1. In my point of view, I would like to say that this poet is very creative in expressing his feeling and imagination where he can simply describe a thing in a beautiful meaning. This poem is about a narrator who can reflect himself to become something else and to describe something else that related in his environment. Then, this poem also shows that the narrator was describing about a happiness and joyfulness in this world.
    2. The theme in this poem was about the man and the nature where it exposes most of the environment that related in his life that has happy emotion. The narrator has shown his appreciation towards God’s creation which is the nature itself where it has intrinsic value in itself. Fortunately, the poet shows the happy characters in every stanza where it is to explain how his emotion and express it by using daffodils and other characters. Then from one character, it is linked to each other and each character support and play important role in this poem.
    3. As we can see, clearly stated that the last line in this poem was emphasized the meaning of the narrator in expressing his feeling where it gives the ultimate expression of how we act when we feel happy and enjoy in our life.

    p/s: I am really sorry for the late submit.. Hope you can consider it...

    Qhairi Hisham Azemi

  17. The narrator try to tell the readers about his feeling which was lonely as a cloud. Then, he described the felling when he put himself in the situation. For me, he tried to relate his feeling with the nature and that is much more easier for us to understand. The daffodils are more about a happiness. In second stanza, the narrator described his imagination of the daffodils "Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance" shows the sensation of the scene.

    "A Plague of Happiness" is a suitable theme for the poem. His tried to express his feeling by relating with the nature to descrobe his lonely soul.

    Actually the last stanza tell us about the narrator actual condition. He just as lonely as a cloud, a lonely man, but when he think back the dancing daffodils, it makes him smile. The last line doesn't change the meaning of the poem.

    p/s:really sorry for the late bad, i'm so sorry miss

  18. My Personal Response

    Dear Ms Hawa,
    I have sent my response earlier to your email due to the internet line problem in my hometown.This is a re-sent response from me. I have sent you a message that day,which is on the 30th. I hope you got it.

    Name: Sarah J P Guntavid
    I.C No: 850720-12-5778

    Rhyming Scheme of Daffodils

    The 'Daffodils' has a rhyming scheme throughout the poem. The rhyming scheme of the above stanza is ABAB ( A - cloud and crowd; B - hills and daffodils) and ending with a rhyming couplet CC (C - trees and breeze). The poem shows a continuous flow of expressions without a pause.

    Figures of Speech Used in Daffodils

    I wander’d lonely as a cloud - The first line makes nice use of personification and simile. The poet assumes himself to be a cloud (simile) floating in the sky. When Wordsworth says in the second line 'I' (poet as a cloud) look down at the valleys and mountains and appreciate the daffodils; it's the personification, where an inanimate object (cloud) possesses the quality of a human enabling it to see the daffodils. The line "Ten thousand saw I at a glance" is an exaggeration and a hyperbole, describing the scene of ten thousand daffodils, all together.

    Title and Theme of the Poem 'Daffodils'

    The title, 'Daffodils' is a simple word that reminds us about the arrival of the spring season, when the field is full of daffodils. Daffodils are yellow flowers, having an amazing shape and beautiful fragrance. A bunch of daffodils symbolize the joys and happiness of life.

    The theme of the poem 'Daffodils' is a collection of human emotions inspired by nature that we may have neglected due to our busy lives. The daffodils imply rebirth, a new beginning for human beings, blessed with the grace of nature. The arrival of daffodils in the month of March is welcome and an enjoyable time to appreciate them!

    Imagery Skill in Daffodils

    The poem paints images of lakes, fields, trees, and stars to continuously praises the daffodils, comparing them to the Milky Way galaxy (in the second stanza), their dance (in the third stanza) and in the concluding stanza, dreams to join the daffodils in their dance.