I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud, by William Wordsworth

This is a one of those poems that I find myself almost able to remember, but not quite.

I wandered lonely as a cloud…
over hill, over dale…
when what to my wondering eyes should appear…
but a field of yellow daffodils…?

Wordsworth is easy to make fun of, but this poem — probably his most well-known — is lovely when read properly.

Here’s the text:

I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud

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.

And here is audio of the poem from the Librivox catalogue, read properly by Graham Williams:

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~ by lolarusa on June 17, 2008.

3 Responses to “I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud, by William Wordsworth”

  1. good to see this

  2. i love this poem it reminds be that everything is colourful

  3. One of my favorite poems of his…

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