What are some metaphors in the poem "I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud"?

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When the speaker in Wordsworth's 1807 poem chances upon a vast array of daffodils along a lake, he describes them as a "never-ending line." He is speaking metaphorically, since their number would of course be finite.

The poet makes frequent use of personification, a type of metaphor. He observes the daffodils "fluttering and dancing" and "tossing their heads in sprightly dance." The waves dance as well, but the speaker attributes the daffodils as feeling "glee" because they are outshining the waves. Moreover, the daffodils offer him "jocund company," or cheerful, happy companionship, like that of other people or perhaps a pet.

Later, after he has left the scene that has brought him so much joy, the speaker reflects that when he was in the moment of enjoying the sight, he could not have known "what wealth the show to me" would offer him in the future. Wordsworth uses the metaphor of "an inward eye" to describe a memory vivid with imagery . He uses the word "wealth" metaphorically to emphasize...

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