Poetry Essay

728 Words May 21st, 2015 3 Pages
Jenna Nacht

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth

In the first stanza of the poem, Wordsworth is wandering a lake along when he comes upon a crowd of daffodils. In this first stanza, Wordsworth characterizes the daffodils to be “golden” rather than just yellow. This suggests a sort of glowing, just as angles would. He also gives the flowers human characteristics when he describes them to be “fluttering” and “dancing.” The personification of the daffodils creates a In the poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth, techniques such as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and personification are used to display Wordsworth’s deep love of nature and the joy it brings to him. This lyric poem recalls the deep feelings
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par 4). These subtle mentions of angels and heaven suggest that the daffodils are Wordsworth’s angels watching over him and uplifting his spirit when he feels lonely. Wordsworth also uses the metaphor of his “inward eye,” which is him imagining the daffodils with a deeper, truer spiritual vision (line 21). This also supports the idea of heaven and angels uplifting the poets spirit. Wordsworth also gives hints of hyperboles in his poem that create an image for the reader. He describes the daffodils to be “continuous” and “never-ending” (lines 7 and 9). He even goes on to state that he saw “ten thousand at a glance” (line 11). This description of thousands of daffodils that never end bring a clear image to the readers mind and helps to convey emotion in the poem. Wordsworth adds wordplay to these hyperbole’s to give off an uplifting and joyful tone. Personification plays the most significant role in creating emotion and meaning in the poem. Wordsworth brings out his feelings of the beauty and spirituality of nature by personifying. He mainly personifies the daffodils, first by describing them as “a crowd,/ A host of golden daffodils” (lines 3-4). These human characteristics given to the flowers suggests Wordsworth deeper appreciation of nature. The idea of angels is again presented in this quote by choosing the adjective “golden” to describe the color of the flowers

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