Daffodils by William Wordsworth

The poem anthropomorphizes daffodils in a beautiful way. Wordsworth writes in first person but refers to them as “a crowd” in third person. He sees them “Beside the lake, beneath the trees,/Fluttering and dancing in the trees.” There is something brilliant in the imagery of referring to a collection of daffodils as “a crowd” that all toss “their heads in springhtly dance” and rejoice “in glee.” In the second part of the poem, Wordsworth transports the reader from the meadow to a couch and points out that the daffodils are so magnificent that “the dances with the daffodils” fill his heart with pleasure whenever he is in a “vacant” or “pensive mood” and they happen to “flash upon that inward eye.” I remember reading this poem long ago, perhaps in a high school English class, and it is a great example of Romantic poetry. Wordsworth’s imagery and word choice is so effective in conveying the beauty of those daffodils that the poem actually captures the flowers better than any photograph possibly could.

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