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In the poem "The Daffodils" how does nature affect the speaker's state of mind?

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Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:34 PM via web

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In the poem "The Daffodils" how does nature affect the speaker's state of mind?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 9, 2011 at 5:16 AM (Answer #1)

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In William Wordsworth's poem "The Daffodils," the speaker reflects upon a time when, during a solitary stroll, the speaker came upon a field of daffodils. By looking upon the flowers, the speaker was able to find solace and amazement in nature around him:

What wealth the show to me had brought:

Later, the speaker reflects upon nature as he came upon it in the field. The speaker states that whenever he is in a vacant or pensive mood, reflecting upon the scene brings about bliss and pleasure. It is at that time, when remembering the image of nature in the field, that the speaker's heart can "dance with the daffodils."

Therefore, nature affects the speaker in a very positive way. Without the ability to remember the field, the speaker would have no way to bring about release from the pensive moods that come on.

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