William Wordsworth 

  • William Wordsworth (7 April, 1770 23 April, 1850) was an English Romantic poet, best known for Lyrical Ballads (1667), which he wrote with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He and Coleridge helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature.
  • Wordsworth is best known for The Prelude, which is a semi-autobiographical poem of his early years that he revised and expanded a number of times. It was not published during his lifetime, instead published a year after his death by his wife. Before being published, it was known as "the poem to Coleridge", which shows just how close the two poets were. Wordsworth lived until he was eighty years old, passing away in 1850 from pleurisy. From 1843 until his death, he was Poet Laureate.

"Daffodils is a lyric poem" 

Ans) The word 'Lyric' comes from the word lyre which somewhat refers to a harp-like stringed instrument. A lyric poem basically deals with the emotion in its musically inclined verse. It generally talks about the first person confession. The poem Daffodils in a similar way deals with the poet's overbearing emotions which he derived having seen 'a host, of golden daffodils' around the Glencoyne Bay. He wandered and didn't even know where to go. Suddenly he saw a cluster of Daffodils; they were thousands in numbers.
     They were moving to and from. They seemed to be dancing 'sprightly' in a pattern that one could mistake them for stars, being stretched in a milky way. Even the sight came to him, when the poet was in a pensive mood for some obvious reason. He became blessed with the sight. He could not help being joyous. The poem Daffodils is full of the poet's intense emotions, which is dealt with spontaneously. The treatment of his intense emotions we witness in this particular poem is surely framed in the way which is to be taken to compose a lyric poem.

Summary of the poem Daffodils

     A great lover of nature, William Wordsworth, had once wandered aimlessly just like a cloud floating in the sky. He had suddenly come across countless golden daffodils by the side of a lake. Those golden daffodils were fluttering and dancing in the air appearing like stars twinkling in the sky. They made as if they were dancing in a frenzy. The poet compares the golden daffodils with the stars that shine and twinkle in the sky. The poet feels the number of the daffodils as never ending as the stars in the Milky Way. 

    The waves of the lake are also dancing but the dance of the daffodils surpassed the dance of the waves in happiness. The poet is wonderfully delighted in such a pleasant company. According to the poet, he could scarcely realize that he was collecting a treasure in his mind. As time went on the poet found himself in the vacant or pensive mood but the beautiful sight of the golden daffodils began appearing in his mind and that recollection filled the poet's heart with extraordinary delight. In a nutshell, the poem exemplifies how William Wordsworth, a pantheist, derives extraordinary bliss in the most ordinary things.

How does the poem Daffodils begin?

 Ans. The poet wandered 'as a cloud'; he suddenly happened to have a sight of "a host, of golden Daffodils". They were fluttering and dancing with the mild breeze. The poet William Wordsworth was basically recollecting an aimless walk with his sister two years earlier around the Glencoyne Bay in Lake district where they used to live at that point of time. 

    While having such a stroll around Glencoyne Bay, the poet suddenly saw a cluster of Daffodils beside the lake beneath the trees, moving to and fro, tossing their heads with the mild breeze-they were dancing 'sprightly!

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