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Poetry for Kids: Daffodils by William Wordsworth

Updated on July 24, 2012

William Wordsworth was a Romantic poet. Romanticism was a movement that focused a lot on nature, feelings and imagination. All of these can be found in Daffodils by William Wordsworth. Read the poem and pick out the parts that relate to nature, feelings and imagination.

Poems are often hard to understand. You may have to reread a poem several times to understand what the poet is trying to say. In this poem, Wordsworth is saying that he came across a field filled with daffodils. He thinks they are more beautiful than the lake. He loves the merry, jocund flowers. He says that when he lies on his couch to think, the daffodils come to his mind. This brings him bliss and happiness.

When Wordsworth is saying he wandered lonely as a cloud he is using a metaphor. A metaphor is saying that a person, animal or thing is something else. In this case, the poet is saying that he is a cloud. These are some other examples of metaphors:

  • My little brother is a wild animal
  • Mom is happiness today
  • A blanket of snow covered the ground.

William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth
Daffodils
Daffodils

Poem

Daffodils
by William Wordsworth

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.

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      Esrom Aritonang 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Great poem from William Wordsworth. And I think its also for student. Sometimes it isn't easy to understand poem, but when the meaning reveal, the beauty of the poem shown.