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What is the theme for Wordsworth's "The Daffodils"?

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naj | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 14, 2008 at 10:36 PM via web

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What is the theme for Wordsworth's "The Daffodils"?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 15, 2008 at 11:37 PM (Answer #1)

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"Daffodils" (1804)

I WANDER'D 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 stretch'd 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 (1770-1850).

The overall theme of this poem is just to enjoy nature in its element.  Don't be afraid to "wander" and waste time by filling your senses with the beauty and wonder of nature.  Nature is spiritual, uplifting, soul-cleansing, and a pep rally for the whole person.  Essentially, the poet is telling human nature that if we all took time to revitalize by taking a walk and enjoying simple things like daffodils dancing in the breeze, we would all get along much better and our quality of life would be ten-fold.

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jkb70 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 15, 2010 at 6:08 PM (Answer #2)

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romantic poet william wordsworth is a worshiper of nature. he compares himself to the lonely clouds that float n high over vales & hills.while wandering there he saw a large number of daffodils beside the lake and beneath the the trees. ...............cont...later

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sunshine250495 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM (Answer #3)

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"Daffodils' essentially talks about nature, and its beauty. Wordsworth being a nature poet has used beautiful symbolism, such as 'continous as the stars that shine' and 'a host, of golden daffodils'. The readers can almost see the scene themselves, which the poet had experienced during a walk. The poet is in a happy mood, and seeing the beautiful scene uplifts his spirits. He remembers them for a long tiem afterwards in his 'inward eye'.

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