“Daffodils”, also known as “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” is William Wordsworth’s most famous poem. The poem was written around 1804 and was inspired by a belt of daffodils that Wordsworth and his sister discovered when they were walking at Glencoyne Bay. Wordsworths’ wife wrote the last two lines of the poem. The poem was first published in 1807. In 1815, Wordsworth revised the poem and replaced some of the words from the original poem.
At the time of publishing, other poets and writers of the time did not hold the poem in high regard. Today the poem is used in many classrooms. Schools in India, England, Wales, and Ireland use the text. The band Genesis as an inspiration for their song “The Colony of Slippemen” has also used it. The poem also appears in a beer commercial.
The poem begins with the speaker being alone. Nature is a very important aspect of the poem and really becomes the setting of the poem. As the speaker wanders around a lake all-alone, he suddenly sees a large patch of daffodils growing under a tree beside the lake. There were many daffodils and the gold color of the flowers dance and blow in the breeze. The water of the lake also danced in the breeze, but the flowers were much more delightful to watch. The speaker notes that he would remember the flowers and the way that they looked for the rest of his life. Whenever he was pensive, he would think of the flowers and picture the lake and flowers in his mind. He also would remember how much pleasure he gained from watching the flowers move in the wind.