"The Cloud" is a 6 stanza poem that goes through the basic cycle of a cloud. It portrays the moments of happiness and the moments of anger. It shows that like all things, there is a rebirth with clouds as well. There is no "ending," just another cycle that it goes through. There are a few references to his other poems as well as Milton's Paradise Lost. "The Cloud" represents all that is good and pure in the world and because of that, it is joyful. This indirectly points out how ignorant and wasteful and destructive humans can be.