I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud poem by William Wordsworth

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud poem by William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798).

“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (also known as “Daffodils”) is a lyric poem. It is Wordsworth’s most famous work.

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.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
A hand-written manuscript of the poem (1802).

See Also :- Alone Poem by Edgar Allan Poe


  1. William Wordsworth’s poem was one of the first we had to analyse and appreciate in school. It is even better reading it once again.


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