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How are the daffodils described in the poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"?

In "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," the speaker describes the incredible beauty of the daffodils that line the lake's edge by using various literary devices, including personification and vivid imagery.

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Wordsworth's speaker describes the daffodils he sees as a "crowd." They are golden and have blossomed beside a lake, under trees that would not yet have any leaves. The daffodils are "fluttering and dancing" because it is breezy outside.

The speaker describes the daffodils as stretching out endlessly, like the stars in the Milky Way. He says there must be ten thousand of them. They appear to toss their heads in a lively dance. The breeze causes the waves on the lake to seem to dance too, but the dancing of the daffodils seems much more gleeful and alive.

The speaker personifies the daffodils, treating them as if they are a mass of dancing people with happy, carefree personalities. Their seeming sociality is key to the speaker's intense experience of joy as he gazes on them. Right before he stumbled on them unexpectedly, he was very lonely. He felt like a cloud, depressed and alienated from the scenery all around him.

His sudden encounter with the daffodils changes his emotions. The human...

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