What do daffodils mean to the poet? Be specific and provide quotes from the text.

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Contrary to popular belief, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud " is not a nature poem about pretty flowers; it's about the effect that nature has on the poet, how it awakens a poetic sensibility previously at rest. As the poem begins, the speaker is "wandering." This has been...

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Contrary to popular belief, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is not a nature poem about pretty flowers; it's about the effect that nature has on the poet, how it awakens a poetic sensibility previously at rest. As the poem begins, the speaker is "wandering." This has been interpreted by various literary scholars as a metaphor for a lack of poetic inspiration. Yet as soon as the speaker sees that host of golden daffodils, his creativity as a poet is suddenly brought back to life. That wonderful image of all those flowers fluttering and dancing in the breeze has a profound effect on the speaker—so much so that, whenever he's short of inspiration, deep in thought or daydreaming, the picture of the daffodils flashes before his mind's eye, transporting him from the wandering loneliness of a poet in need of inspiration to that bliss of solitude experienced by the inspired poetic visionary:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

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