What is William Wordsworth's relationship to nature in "I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud?"

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Nature is seen in a reverential light in the Wordsworth poem.  His relationship to nature is one where he envisions it as one would the divine.  Wordsworth recognizes how fortunate he is to have had such an experience in nature. It is one in which the poet understands the joy of being included in the wonders of nature.  Wordsworth uses language such as "gay" and "jocund company" to express this condition.  Nature has given Wordsworth a "wealth" simply by the experience.  This relationship brought on the by the experience of the daffodils has been enhanced as time has passed.  The last stanza indicates this:

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;

The "bliss of solitude" helps to convey the spiritual relationship that Wordsworth has with nature.  It has helped him to develop "that inward eye."  Such references help to communicate the reverence in the relationship that Wordsworth has with nature.

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