The Daffodils by William Wordsworth

The DaffodilsI 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.

by William Wordsworth, 17701850

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5 thoughts on “The Daffodils by William Wordsworth

  1. This is one of my favorite poems ever. I recently printed it out to read to my kids. I have strong memories of daffodils of spring when I lived in England as a child. 🙂

    1. So sweet, Nicola! This is one of my favorites also, and I just love daffodils. Do you know the song, “Bells of Norwich”? I’m working on learning it and I just love the line “Love, like the yellow daffodil, is coming through the snow;” the chorus is “Ring out, bells of Norwich and let the winter come and go. All shall be well again, I know.”

  2. This is my daughter Charlotte’s favorite poem! She memorized it when she was about twelve and still recites it for us every spring.

    1. Love that, Leslie. These poems stay with us. And this is a great one for those upper elementary/middle school years and a great one to memorize!

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