Comparison of Miracle on St. David's Day by Gillian Clarke and Daffodils by William Wordsworth

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Comparison of Miracle on St. David's Day by Gillian Clarke and Daffodils by William Wordsworth

'Daffodils' was written by William Wordsworth approximately a century before 'Miracle on St. David's Day' was written by Gillian Clarke. Due to this, the poems differ greatly in their style and language.
Observing the poems at first glance, it is obvious that they also contrast in content, however at greater depth, the connections between them are made obvious. In this essay, I will be discussing the connections and differences between the two poems.

The daffodil is the national symbol of Wales; it represents hope, joy and celebration. Both of the poets make this markedly palpable using this as a theme for their poems. In 'Miracle
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The poems are both set in the springtime because they describe the daffodils (which only come out in spring). Spring is known as a time of new beginnings and re-birth. This is used effectively in context with 'Miracle on St. David's Day', as there is a new beginning for the man who speaks for the first time in forty years, having awakened something inside himself that he thought was gone. In 'Daffodils', from time to time Wordsworth reawakens his memory of the daffodils when he is feeling down, and this memory in turn reawakens the joy that he had felt. In both poems spring is a suitable setting instead of winter or autumn, which generally represent despair and gloom.

Both poems, in their description of the daffodils use a hyperbole of the number of daffodils. 'Miracle on St. David's Day' describes:
'Outside the daffodils a thousand, ten thousand 'and 'Daffodils' describes: 'never-ending line ten thousand saw I at a glance'.
However, the poems differ in their visual depiction of the daffodils.
'Miracle on St. David's Day' describes them as 'yellow still as wax creams and yellows still flowers' silence the daffodils are flame'. Wordsworth describes them as 'golden fluttering dancing '
They contrast in that Clarke describes them almost as a picture, a flash image of Wordsworth's memory. The 'photograph' of
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