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The Theme of the poem Daffodils

The most popular poem Daffodils by Williams Wordsworth celebrates the beauty of nature and the joy, the poet derives from such a wonderful sight. The poet and his sister were walking along the shore of a river when they saw this exclusively breathtaking scene of daffodils tossing their heads in gentle breeze. The mind of the poet was overwhelmed with joy and he stood watching them for a while. For Wordsworth, nature was everything. He turns every time to nature to find answers to all his confusions. The poet, has stated that a poem should be written recollecting a mind-boggling scene some time later. Hence this specific poem was writing as per his diction. He went home and was taking rest. The daffodils then forced their entry into his mind. He couldn't help writing this beautiful poem then. Nature makes him happy all the time. The memories please him and comfort him.

2.I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills

What do these lines mean?

The above lines are extracted from the popular Wordsworth poem Daffodils. The poem is all about the beauty of nature and how the poet remains spellbound by the splendor golden daffodils. The poet was walking along the shore with no obvious purpose. It was an aimless leisure walk. He compares himself to a cloud that floats on the sky with no definite purpose. The poet uses here the figure of speech simile to compare himself with the aimless cloud. It is all about a solitary walk together with his sister. The poet has done justice to his words he stated in lyrical ballads. He had an intense emotion stored up in his mind after the breathtaking scene. He is walking around the Lake District of England. The poem is a solid evidence of Wordsworth’s bond with nature. He turns to nature for all his troubles.

3.Ten Thousand saw I at a glance. Explain

The English Romantic poet, Wordsworth, has penned one of the most popular poems of the time. The poet was thrilled to see a host of golden daffodils dancing along the shore. The daffodils seem to dance just like humans and the poet was transported to another world. The flowers were too many in numbers that it felt countless to him. As he walked ahead, he saw more of them. He couldn't control his joy and all that he could word was he saw innumerable numbers of daffodils. The flowers were so bright and shining like the stars that twinkle in the sky. The figure of speech used is hyperbole. It is something that poet uses to exaggerate and to heightens the poetic effect.
Here the poet hasn't actually counted them to ten thousand but he makes the readers believe that there were almost such a huge number of flowers.

4 I gazed and gazed but little thought what wealth the show to me had brought. What does the poet mean by wealth?

The poet Wordsworth was walking along the shore in a solitary mood with his sister, with no definite purpose. He felt himself as free and lonely as a cloud that floats on the sky. He compares himself to the clouds that move aimlessly. But suddenly, he was taken aback by a host of golden daffodils along the shore dancing in a gentle breeze. The show was so spectacular. The flowers in their dance outdid the shining waves and they were way brighter than the twinkling stars. The poet reveled for a while in his bliss. To him, the flowers were a rich storehouse of joy and happiness. He never knew how to express his happiness. Since he was a poet, he couldn't help himself be a part in their joy. He enjoyed the company of the flowers and waves. Nature has been a perennial source of pleasure for this great poet. He went on gazing at the flowers and really was in heaven at that time. But he says that he couldn't imagine how this show would turn fruitful for him. Later when he went home, he recollected this beautiful sight and started penning this beautiful poem which received worldwide appreciation. This was the wealth he was talking about. This wealth could also mean the abundance of happiness he received from those flowers.

5.Explain “jocund company

The poet William Wordsworth, in his poem Daffodils, speaks about the alluring daffodils and their dance along the shore. The beautiful flowers were joyous and were in the company of the waves and the trees and breeze. The whole universe was brimming with beauty. The flowers in their dance excelled the waves. The twinkling stars were nothing compared to the bright and shining golden daffodils. As a poet, Wordsworth could not help himself being happy. It was one of the best companies he ever had. The mere presence of the daffodils also makes the waves near them jump in joy. So, the poet says that such is their jovial company that one may forget all the worldly worries.

6. Explain the term “bliss if solitude”

The poem daffodils tell about one of the blissful experiences of the poet. The poet was walking aimlessly one-day along the shore of a lake and suddenly he saw a host of golden daffodils dancing and tossing their heads in the gentle breeze. The poet was overwhelmed by the show and felt immensely happy. He gazed at them for some time and forgot all his worries for a while. Later when he went back home, he was lying on his couch, and then as if in a flash the daffodils popped up in his mind's eye. The poet could then experience the same pleasure and happiness he had had when he first saw them. He was lying in a pensive mood. The rush of the flowers and those beautiful memories was a bliss for him. The poet once had enjoyed the company of the flour, the waves, and the trees. And even days after the scene, he could still recollect that beauty and make his loneliness bloom in joy. Not only the poet has been inspired by the splendid flowers.

7. Name the poetic devices used in the poem Daffodils.

The poet has used simile, alliteration, personification, and hyperbole.

Ex for simile. I wandered lonely as a cloud
Ex for alliteration. Ten thousand saw I at a glance.
Ex for personification. They outdid the sparkling waves in glee.
Ex for Hyperbole. Ten thousand saw I at a glance.

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