I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth

One of the most famous poems, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, is written by the renowned poet William Wordsworth. Born on April 7, 1770, in Cockermouth, Cumberland, William Wordsworth is a renowned name in the Romantic literary movement. In the poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, the poet vividly describes the beauty of nature and the profound impact it has on the human spirit, using imagery and emotive language.

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.