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What are the romantic elements of Nature in "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth?

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rakib97 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 2, 2010 at 8:44 PM via web

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What are the romantic elements of Nature in "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth?

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lit24 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 2, 2010 at 10:22 PM (Answer #1)

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William Wordsworth's  lyric "I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud," usually anthologized as "Daffodils" recaptures a moment of sheer ecstasy when he and his sister Dorothy saw the shore of a lake near Grasmere lined with daffodils during their walk on April 15, 1802.  The final version of the lyric was published in 1815.

A lyric represents the deep feelings and emotions of the poet as a response to an external stimulus. Some of the important features of a 'Romantic' lyric are as follows:

1. The Romantic lyric is a very 'personal' poem. It is characterized by the presence of personal pronouns 'I,' 'me,' 'my,' and 'mine.' This can be seen at the very beginning of the poem itself: "I wandered lonely as a cloud."

2. The Romantic lyric is an expression of the poet's own inner feelings and emotions. Wordsworth has recorded in his lyric his joy and happiness on seeing the daffodils: " a poet could not but be gay, in such jocund company."

3. The Romantic lyric is very 'physical', that is, the poet's physical senses are involved in experiencing the outside world. In Wordsworth's case it is the physical sense of sight: "when all at once I saw a crowd a host of golden daffodils."

4. The word lyric is derived from the Greek word 'lyre' which was a stringed musical instrument. So, literally a lyric 'is a song written to be sung to the accompaniment of the lyre.' Wordsworth's lyric can neither be sung nor can it be set to music. He has substituted a regular metrical pattern for the musical score. The musical architectonic has been replaced with all the lines of the four stanzas being iambic pentameter. Each stanza is made up of six lines with the first line of each stanza rhyming with the third and the second with the fourth and the stanza ending with a couplet. It is this regular pattern which is repeated throughout the poem which creates the music.

5. Wordswoth was a worshipper of Nature and this poem captures the natural beauty of the daffodils on the lake shore: "golden daffodils."

6. A Romantic lyric will be characterised by an excessive use of similes and metaphors as a means of conveying to his readers the poet's own feelings and emotions: "asa cloud." Wordsworth compares the seemingly endless extent to which the daffodils stretched across the lake shore to the galaxy of the Milky Way thus linking the terrestrial with the extra terrestrial

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 2, 2010 at 9:42 PM (Answer #2)

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If you are interested in the Nature Poetry elements of William Wordsworth's Daffodils poem, then those would be the spiritual replenishment that Nature gives our souls and minds through all her beauty - in this case  a host of golden daffodils. The element of freedom in Nature Poetry is there too ('I wandered lonely as a cloud) freedom from cares, from worries and from the material shackles of the world - freedom of thought also. Imagination is another key element of Nature Poetry and in this poem and in many others right back from classical times, it is illustrated by the image of the wind - which is so fresh and cool in early March and probably scented with the gentle fragrance of the flowers. Inspiration for the 'muse' of poetry is another point.

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subrataray | High School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 13, 2010 at 5:25 PM (Answer #3)

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The poet in Wordsworth is basically a poet of Nature .The display of the poet's fancy , in transporting himself in the land of the floating clouds , and the benedictions of the recollections of the sights viewed and enjoyed , apper to me the only the two considerable romantic elements .To be a romantic , one must posses secondary imagination.Again a romantic in his attitude, is a mystic .Blake , Shelly , Coleridge , Tagore , Shakespeare , etc ,are indded romantic poets .

In The Daffodils , we find the description of the beauty of nature .An commonplace  man may describe them in his own way .The poet has only beautified them .

Hence the references of the , lake , valley ,trees , clouds , etc can not be substituted as romantic elements .Again the poet here does not escape , he remains satisfied with his naked eye .

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nusratfarah | Valedictorian

Posted March 2, 2010 at 8:58 PM (Answer #4)

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I think you want to know the names of natural elements used in "Daffodils" (1804) by Wordsworth.

The natural elements depicted in "Daffodils" are as follows:

1. Daffodils

2. Cloud

3. Hills

4. Vales

5. Lake

6. Trees

7. Breeze

8. Stars

9. Milky Way

These are like "bliss in solitude" to the poet.

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