In the poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," what activity is the poet engaged in?

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The main activity in the poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is a nature walk. Wordsworth is out walking near his home in England's Lake District. His walk is more accurately described as a wandering in the opening lines and title of the poem. He compares himself to a cloud floating over the hills and valleys:

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills

He is literally wandering around near a lake by himself when he comes upon a field of "golden daffodils." He suggests the flowers are "dancing" as he sees them next to the bay. He mentions how he "gazed and gazed" at the beautiful flowers and wondered what value they might have for him in the future.

In the final stanza he is simply engaged in thought. He ponders the effect the flowers have had on him and realizes that when he is alone and in deep thought they bring incredible joy to his heart and soul when he considers the mental image of the dancing daffodils.