Vani’s Musings

Daffodils

Posted on: June 7, 2007

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.
 

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Wordsworth’s famous poem about daffodils was composed in 1804, two years after he saw the flowers walking by Ullswater on a stormy day with Dorothy.His inspiration for the poem came from an account written by Dorothy. In her journal entry for 15th April 1802 she describes how the daffodils:“Tossed and reeled and danced, and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind, that blew upon them over the lake;”

Wordsworth published his poem, ‘I wandered lonely as a Cloud’, in 1807. He later altered it, and his second version, published in 1815, is the one widely known today.

This is one of my most favorite poems. I remember reading this as a part of English Syllabus sometime in Primary School and since then have become a fan of this sort of simple yet rich poetry.

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8 Responses to "Daffodils"

Vani madam,
Suddenly english class – matching matching picture too!!!

Whats happening seems to be wonderfull and good right 😉

cheers
mohan!

Mohan,

From When have you taken up mind reading?

From Ghosts to Daffodils!!!!!! What a twist?? Hope william wordsworth’s Ghost might hav heard abt this blog…

Vani akka be careful it may Haunt you… he he he…..

Will reccomend this Blog to students who hav Daffodils in their texts……!!!!!!!!

Solitary Reaper, Daffodils, and Under the greenwood tree were the 3 poems (favorites) which were there in Primary syllabus, remember we were supposed to memorise them. They are simply good and our teachers used to explain those poems using lot of examples… ee poem odidh takshana i imagine those flower beds in Amsterdam or Holland and Arunachal’s Flower valley… so nice..

Nice and colourful post Vani.

Mind reading enu illa… you seem to be in happy mood. Thats good isnt it?

For some reason, I don’t rememebr this particular one. The Pied Piper and Under the green wood tree yes!
I also remember that there is a real estate developers who have named their construction project as ‘Daffodils’ 🙂

What ever it is, Vani is happy that is interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Madam ji, Came out of the ‘daffodils’ mood yet?

Srik,

Daffodils seem to be withering…… 😦

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