How is nature described in the Daffodils poem?

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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The title of this poem is initially misleading because it emphasizes the solitude and melancholy nature of the narrator in the beginning but ends on a light-hearted, happy note.

Whereas the narratior at the beginning compares himself to a cloud capable of having emotions (such as loneliness), the field of daffodils is personified as if it was a group of blonde-headed, tittering girls. This correspondance or strong identity between the individual and phenomena in nature and the idea of spiritual transcendence because of this is one of the characteristics of literature, especially poetry, at Wordsworth's time.

Thus nature here is portrayed as a subject of joy and harmony,even jubilation, unlike later "naturalist" works which depict it as a harsh -even hostile- force against man.

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Worthsworth uses vivid imagery to decribe the nature in the poem with the use of similes (comparing two unlike things using like, as, than, or resembles), as evidenced in the title and personification (when an inhuman object is given human qualities). The loneliness he dsplays in his first similes, which he had until he came upon the flowers ("I wandered lonely as a cloud.") He compares the vastness of the flowers (which rids him of his loneliness) with the simile "continuous as the stars that shine." He also personifies the daffodils when he states by their "dancing in the breeze" and "tossing their spritely heads". All of Wordsworth's figurative language regarding the nature of the daffodils leads him to the realization that, though he did not realize it at the time, the memory will be one that stays with him forever, and the daffodilas continue to bring him great happiness. 

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Wordsworth made use of the description in his sister's diary, as well as
of his memory of the daffodils in Gowbarrow Park, by Ullswater. Cf. Dorothy
Wordsworth's Journal, April 15, 1802: "I never saw daffodils so beautiful.
They grew among the mossy stones . . .; some rested their heads upon these
stones, as on a pillow for weariness; and the rest tossed and reeled and
danced, and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind, that blew upon
them over the lake; they looked so gay, ever glancing, ever changing."

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