I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud Literary Devices
What are the literary devices in "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth?
In lines 1-2, the speaker employs a simile to compare himself to a solitary cloud that floats alone. A simile is a comparison of unalike things using the word like or as. In lines 3-6, he personifies daffodils as "a crowd, / A host" that are "Fluttering and dancing in the breeze." Personification is when the the poet gives human traits to something that is not human. Here, the daffodils are described as a "crowd" that has the ability to dance.
In lines 7-8, the speaker uses another simile to compare the number of daffodils to the number of "stars that shine / And twinkle." He employs hyperbole, or exaggeration, when he says that "[the daffodils] stretched in a never-ending line" (9). This emphasizes just how many there seem to be. He continues the personification of the flowers when he describes them as "Tossing their heads in sprightly dance" (12).
The waves are likewise personified as "danc[ing]" in line 13, though the still-personified daffodils dance with more "glee" and provide pleasant...
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