Although "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" was not published in Wordsworth and Coleridge's groundbreaking book of poems Lyrical Ballads, it is an excellent example of the new theory of poetry that Wordsworth described in that's volume's preface.
Wordsworth wanted poetry to move away from the aristocratic subjects and themes of Neoclassic and preceding styles of poetry. He advocated for poetry written in the simple language of the common person. He thought it should be about everyday events and ordinary people. Famously, he declared poetry to be
the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is written in the simple language of a Lyrical Ballads poem and describes an everyday event. Rather than depicting a heroic battle scene from Greek or Roman antiquity, Wordsworth describes how, while walking along one spring day feeling lonely, he was surprised to come across thousands of daffodils blooming in front of...
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