Daffodils 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.
Theme of William Wordsworth:
1. William Wordsworth has chosen incidence and situation from common life in the rural areas and described them ‘in a selection of language really used by men’. But this selection of common life does not mean photographic reproduction. He has given to the ordinary incidence a coloring of imagination to present them in an unusual way. He has put forward certain reasons for choosing his themes from humble and rustic life.
At the time of wandering like a cloud lonely and mopey, floating above hills and valleys, the narrator observed a field of daffodils beside a lake. Then he stopped and concentrated the sceneries and activities of them. At that time, in the breeze the daffodils were dancing and fluttering beside the lake, beneath the trees, endlessly along the shore, and though the waves of the lake danced beside the flowers, the daffodils exceeded the water in glee. They continued their dancing as the stars that shine. And twinkle on the milky way, they stretched in never-ending line. To highlight the scene the narrator explained that at a glance he saw ten thousand daffodils who were tossing their heads in sprightly dance. Then he gazed and gazed but did not think much and did not explain his charming much about them.