The poem "Daffodils" (or "I wandered lonely as a cloud") by William Wordsworth is, superficially, about the beauty and bliss of the sight of daffodils. On a deeper level, it can be interpreted as a celebration of the oneness that exists between human beings and the natural world. It is one of Wordsworth's most famous poems.Continue Reading
"Daffodils" begins with the simile "I wandered lonely as a cloud," which immediately establishes the narrator as a component of and participant in nature, rather than as a detached human observer. In this capacity, he floats over a scene of "golden daffodils," which are themselves personified as people, or "a crowd ... dancing in the breeze" and "tossing their heads." By blurring the distinction between humans and nature in this way, Wordsworth aimed to give his readers the same sense of unity that he experienced himself and which many of his other works touch upon. Blurring the distinction further, he moves on from the comparison of the daffodils with people to likening them to "the stars that shine / And twinkle on the Milky Way."
The sight of the daffodils has a lasting value for the narrator of the poem. In the final stanza, he describes how it comforts him when he is in an otherwise vacant or pensive mood.Learn more about Literature
Books written by William Johnstone can be purchased online at websites such as Amazon and eBay. His books can also be found at many libraries nationwide.Full Answer >
"Fifteen" is a short poem by William Stafford, according to The Writer's Almanac. In the poem, the speaker remembers an incident that occurred when he was 15 and came across the scene of a motorcycle accident.Full Answer >
William Shakespeare was inspired to write "Romeo and Juliet" by a poem titled "Romeus and Juliet" by Arthur Brooks. In fact, Shakespeare's play shares many of the details of Brooks' poem. The story, however, was a commonly told one throughout Europe and was not unique to Brooks either.Full Answer >
William Carlos Williams' poem "Spring and All" is about how the beauty of spring slowly blossoms out of the dreary winter. Williams' poetry often focused on the details of ordinary people facing everyday situations.Full Answer >