A Favourite Poem—#Writer’s Quote Wednesday, #BeWoW

William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, English Poet, Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin
William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, English Poet, Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

 Last week, Colleen Chesebro, author of Silver Threading, suggested that we share a favourite poem for her weekly event, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.

‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ by William Wordsworth is a favourite, learned years ago at school.  The image of golden daffodils, an early spring flower growing on rocky hillsides on my route to school, captivated me. I loved those daffodils–their apparent wildness and sudden colour after winter–even more enhanced by William Wordsworth’s poetry:

Golden Daffodil, CCO Public Domain
Golden Daffodil, CCO Public Domain
 

I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD

By William Wordsworth

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 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.

If you enjoyed this poem, you might want to take a look at Colleen Chesebro’s  post from last week  which featured Robert Frost and his poem, ‘The Road Not Taken’.  Robert Frost, who bridged the last two centuries, lived from 1874 to 1963. He was influenced by William Wordsworth who was born and died 100 years earlier (1770-1850).

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This post is being linked  to Writer’s Quote Wednesday October 21 hosted by Colleen Chesebro, author of Silver Threading.  Please follow the above link to read her post.  You will find links to other Writer’s Quote Wednesday posts in the Comments section.

And for more quotation posts, please visit  Ronovan Writes, #BeWoW, October 21.  

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