William Wordsworth's poem, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" represents what the poet describes in his preface to his Lyrical Ballads as "emotion recollected in tranquility."
In this poem, the speaker recalls a purposeless walk he once had. He wandered in his loneliness until he met "a host" of daffodils, "fluttering and dancing" as though they were angelic presences.
The speaker describes these lovely golden daffodils that were in the tens of thousands, just like the thousands of stars in the constellations. They stretched along the shore of a bay, "[T]ossing their heads in sprightly dance" much like dancers (In more modern times they might be likened to chorus girls.) The waves beside them also "danced" in a personified "glee" to such an extent that a "poet could not but be gay." All this the poet watched, but he did not realize "the wealth" of joy and beauty that was brought to him until later when he lay upon his couch, and his memory served him again this delightful experience, filling his heart with pleasure as it dances with the daffodils.
In this delightful poem, Wordsworth employs a few metaphors (unstated comparisons between two unlike things). Here are three metaphors:
--"sprightly dance" (line 12) = an unstated comparison of the movement of the daffodils in the wind to a dance.
--"inward eye" (line 21) = an unstated comparison between one's memory and an eye in the mind.
--"a jocund company" (line 16) = an unstated comparison between the many daffodils and their being a cheerful, light-hearted group when one is in their presence.