What is the theme for Wordsworth's "The Daffodils"?
I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
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.
By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
The overall theme of this poem is just to enjoy nature in its element. Don't be afraid to "wander" and waste time by filling your senses with the beauty and wonder of nature. Nature is spiritual, uplifting, soul-cleansing, and a pep rally for the whole person. Essentially, the poet is telling human nature that if we all took time to revitalize by taking a walk and enjoying simple things like daffodils dancing in the breeze, we would all get along much better and our quality of life would be ten-fold.
"Daffodils' essentially talks about nature, and its beauty. Wordsworth being a nature poet has used beautiful symbolism, such as 'continous as the stars that shine' and 'a host, of golden daffodils'. The readers can almost see the scene themselves, which the poet had experienced during a walk. The poet is in a happy mood, and seeing the beautiful scene uplifts his spirits. He remembers them for a long tiem afterwards in his 'inward eye'.