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

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The poem was written in the year 1802. It was first published in Poems in Two Volumes, in

1807. The very starting line of the poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud” informs the poet’s

profound sentiments of being left alone. It was actually the death of his brother John that led him

to “loneliness”. We should remind the readers that this poem was not a result of imagination.

Dorothy, Wordsworth’s sister provides us an explanation of the occasion which inspired

Wordsworth to produce this masterpiece:-

“When we were in the woods beyond Gowbarrow Park, we saw a few daffodils close to

waterside.” Thus the poem is a result of actual visualization rather than imagery”.

In English literature, Wordsworth and his friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
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The stanza then ends with a rhyming couplet. Wordsworth

unifies the content of the poem by focusing the first three stanzas on the experience at the

lake and the last stanza on the memory of that experience.

Analysis of Daffodils:

In the beginning lines, Wordsworth describes himself as a ‘cloud’ that floats over the hills. This

presents an idea of seclusion. The idea of being alone is contradicted by the phrase “crowd” (line

3). This is actually the ‘setting of the poem‘. As human form Wordsworth prefers seclusion but

the ‘crowd’ of daffodils bewilders his senses. The feeling of ecstasy suddenly makes a dive.

This poem, obviously inspired by Wordsworth's stomping grounds, is well-loved because of its

simple yet beautiful rhythms and rhymes, and its rather sentimental topic. The poem consists of

four six-line stanzas, each of which follow an ababcc rhyme scheme and are written in iambic

tetrameter, giving the poem a subtle back-and-forth motion that recalls swaying daffodils.

By comparing himself to a cloud in the first line of the poem, the speaker signifies his close

identification with the nature that surrounds him. He also demonstrates this connection
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Setting of the Poem:

Wordsworth may be at discomfort in human multitude but not amidst the objects (crowd) of

Nature. Nature permeates the entire poem. Phrases like a crowd, a host, continuous as the stars,

they stretched in never-ending lines, ten thousands saw eye at a glance presents deep

implications. The poet says: I wondered lonely as a cloud that floats on the high o’er Wales and

hills. Daffodils, an everyday found flower has been portrayed in magical verses and blended with

transcendental romanticism. Even the daffodils outdid the sparkling waves in glee and left an

everlasting mark in the mind of the readers of this poem.



“I wandered lonely as a Cloud” is a poem that just makes you feels good about life. It says that

even when you are by yourself and lonely and missing your friends, you can use your

imagination o fine new friends in the world around you.


Wordsworth is the granddaddy of all nature poets and he is in top form in “I wandered lonely as


Cloud.” In her journal entry about the day in question, Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy wrote about

their surprise at findings so many daffodils in such a strange place, next to a lake and under some

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