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William Wordsworth,by Benjamin Robert Haydon

William Wordsworth,by Benjamin Robert Haydon


Poet: William Wordsworth

Dates: 7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850

Nationality: English

Title of Poem: Daffodils

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.


Brief Biography: Wordsworth was major English poet of the Romantic Movement. He and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were fundamental in the launch of the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication of Lyrical Ballads in 1798. Wordsworth was the English Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death.