Critical Analysis of Daffodil by William Wordsworth


   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. The speaker again says that a poet could not help but be happy in such a joyful company of flowers. He says that he stared and stared, but did not realize what wealth the scene would bring him. Once when he is going to sleep the scenery of the daffodils come towards the eyes of the poet. Though, he had not much mood or pensive mood. At that time they flashed upon that inward eye and that were the happiness of loneliness. Gradually, his heart filled with pleasure and started dancing like the daffodils.  

    Structure: The poem bears 4 stanzas with 24 lines. Each stanza has six lines. It also follows a quatrain-couplet rhyme scheme. The rhyme scheme of this poet is ABABCC. The meter of this poem is iambic. Each of the lines is mentioned easily with rustic language. It is full of imagine. It helps the readers to be imagery person.  

   Critical analysis or appreciation: This poem is very simple, and it is considered one of the loveliest and most famous in the Wordsworth canon. It revisits the familiar subjects of nature and memory, this time with a particularly (simple) spare, musical eloquence. It also reflects his concept of the romanticism imagination and his belief in the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings, which he acknowledged as the theory of poetry. The plot is extremely simple, depicting the poet’s wandering and his discovery of a field of daffodils by a lake, the memory of which pleases him and comforts him when he is lonely, bored, or restless. The daffodils are continually personified as human beings, dancing and “tossing their heads” in “a crowd, a host.” This technique implies an inherent unity between man and nature, making it one of Wordsworth’s most basic and effective methods.

     It was inspired by an April 15, 1802 event in which Wordsworth and his sister,Dorothy , came across a “long belt” of daffodils, Written in 1804, it was first published in 1807 the  poems in two volumes, and a revised version was released in 1815, which is more commonly known. It consists of four six-line stanzas, in iambic tetrameter and an ABABCC rhyme scheme.

       As the journal notes, it was a stormy day, which the reader would never guess from reading the poem. He later writes that it rained on them, and they had to go home. Again, somebody thinks that “I wandered lonely as a Cloud” is the perfect poem for a rainy day, and the image of dancing daffodils is a sure-fire cure for a mild case of the blues. Plus, it’s slightly hilarious.  It is a poem that just makes the reader to feel good about life. It says that even when someone feels lonely and missing his friends, he can use his imagination to fine new friends in the world around him. His happiness of the narrator does not last forever – he’s not that unrealistic – but the daffodils give him a little boost of joy whenever he needs it, like recharging his batteries. The poem is combined with the theme of man and the natural world, theme of spirituality and theme of memory and past.




Edited by: Mahir Foysal. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Cell: +8801919879309, +8801761519111.



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