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In "Daffodils," what is the relevance of the underlying message to young people today?

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Posted September 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM via web

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In "Daffodils," what is the relevance of the underlying message to young people today?

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM (Answer #1)

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One aspect of relevance that the poem's message has towards young people is that it speaks of finding that which is beautiful in the world and paying homage to it.  In a world that exceeds the very definition of "speed" and a setting in which demands are evident in almost all aspects of being, there can be a lack of focus on that which is important.  The message that comes out of Wordsworth's poem is the love of the beauty in the world around us.  The world of the daffodils is one in which one can find happiness in "such jocund company."  This is a state of being in the world in which individuals can stop and take a moment to reflect on the aspects of beauty in the world.  

The message that comes out of the poem is a reverence for the simplistic, and yet complex aspect of beauty that is in the world.  Wordsworth's reflection of the beauty in the natural world is one that envelops us, but one that can be easily forgotten.  This message of remembering that which is the easiest to forget is of relevance to young people, whose identities are contingent on the world around them.  In a world of contingency and irony, the message that comes out of the poem is one in which individuals are reminded to cling to that which is true in place of that which is not.

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