Monday, July 28, 2008

"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"

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;
Daffodils Flowering in Spring in Hyde Park, London by Mark Mawson
Daffodils Flowering in Spring in Hyde Park, London

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.
Bulbfields of Daffodils and Windmill in Distance, the Netherlands by I Vanderharst
Bulbfields of Daffodils and Windmill in Distance, the Netherlands

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.

Daffodil by Ezra Jack Keats

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was a pioneering figure of the Romantic movement and is one of English literature's major poets. Although he was viewed in his later life as a symbol of complacency by younger writers, his greatest works are masterpieces of eloquent passion.

Sit on the porch, drink lemonade, and enjoy God's beautiful creations


Cathy said...

I loved that, Mimi, so pretty. I can appreciate a poem like that now. :o)
Love and Hugs,

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful poem! I love when daffodils bloom-- they are so bright and sunny.
A cool glass of lemonade sounds refreshing. :)

Me said...

I've always liked the poem...

Dawn said...

I absolutely love daffodils - have several varieties in our yard each spring. I would really enjoy seeing such a huge field full of them. Wonderful poem - you always post the most beautiful words.

Mary said...


I had to memorize this poem, as well as many others, in my childhood. I am thankful that my teachers brought the joy of poetry into my life. It's sad that the children today no longer have to do memory work. I can still recite many of those poems.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for your kind words about Meeko.


Lisa said...

I enjoyed your poem. I love all the beauty's of nature God has provided us.Have a Blessed day.

Dorothy Bowen Klass said...

One of my favorite poems and flowers. I love their cheery faces in the Spring.

Jodi said...

A heart dancing with the daffodils ... I like that! :o)

Hopefulsl said...

Beautiful pictures, and love the poem as well. You always know how to lift people's spirits up. ((SMILES))....
Hugs & Blessings,

Anonymous said...

I have nominated you and Pamela for an award. I am not good at linking.

Beverly said...

Mimi - I just LOVE that poem - and it was wonderful to see the pictures along with it. I think I memorized that in high school. Hope you and your husband are doing well! Hugs to you.

Ruthie said...

Beautiful!!! As always.

Kimberly said...

Thanks for stopping by! You are always so sweet.
This is one of my very favorite poems. I first read it in high school and have never forgotten it.