What is the theme of Wordsworth's "The Daffodils"?
“Theme” is a tricky, not very technical term in literary analysis. But what is generally meant by it is “What larger abstract idea is most commonly discerned by a reader when reading the piece?” With all of Wordsworth’s poetry, the first “theme” is his observation that natural phenomena and human emotion are tied together. In “Daffodils," two major connections are made: the immediate consolation of Nature for the troubled human “soul,” and the value to the human spirit when recalling contacts with the natural phenomena once experienced. Here, the troubled, discontented “I” narrator finds peace and order in first coming upon the “host of golden daffodils” he/she sees one day, and again finds peace in recollecting the sight at a later time. Wordsworth’s choice of vocabulary enforces this peace and tranquility (one of the elements in the definition on Romanticism is “powerful emotion recollected in tranquility” and this poem is exemplary in that description.)