William Wordsworth can be defined to be one of the best romantic poets from England. Among the many poems made famous by him, Daffodils has been part of the most English literature curriculum throughout the world. His poems have been lyrical ballads as well, which have brought about an importance of romanticism, especially that with nature. The prelude is the best part of the poem, but the rest of the poem delves into nature and love for the same.
The poem is also known as a lyrical poem called “I wandered lonely as a cloud” which is the first line of the poem. It is said that Wordsworth had been inspired by a long belt of daffodils that he and his sister Dorothy came across while on a walk, 15th April 1802. This poem was published among others in the subsequent years. At the time when the poem was composed, he had been living with his sister and wife in Glencoyne Bay in Ullswater in Lake District. The walk is described as an entry in the Grasmere Journal that Dorothy maintained.
Wordsworth was called a poet of nature and his poems have given new meaning to man’s appreciation of nature. He defines the time that he spends in nature as “source of joy of purest passion”. It is said that the poet used to take frequent walks in Glencoyne Park and this gave inspiration to many of the poems that he composed. He is also the celebrated poet of the scenic Lake District, a place that is rich in natural beauty in many ways.
If we delve into the poem, where he talks about himself, comparing himself to a cloud. Though the central theme of the poem is about daffodils, his need to roam free and explore is showcased here. As a cloud, he views a group of daffodils from above and showcases the brilliance of their golden color as it dazzles him. He then imagines them dancing and fluttering in the breeze and his ideas, they seem to flow on their own.
He even compares them to twinkling stars in the sky and how they can be imagined to be young children’s heads nodding in the breeze. He describes the flowers by a lake and the movement of the water, the ripples on it caused by the breeze is not left unmentioned in the poem.
This poem, composed centuries ago, is a wonderful way to introduce children to the world of poetry. Wordsworth and his love for the simplistic world of nature showcase themselves in most of his work and remain a favorite of many. They are easy to comprehend and identify with and help men and women appreciate the works of nature that are all around us.