"That Inward Eye Which Is The Bliss Of Solitude"

Download PDF Print Page Citation Share Link

Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 179

Context: Wordsworth believed that the mind functions as a storehouse for the assembly of pleasant moments. Thus, the inspirational moments which one experiences in the presence of nature's beauty, furnish not only material for present delight but also food for future thought. A poet, who by his nature is more immediately responsive to the beauty of nature, is dependent upon this faculty of "emotion recollected in tranquillity" for his creative process. Wordsworth comments, concerning this poem, that it treats more "an elementary feeling and simple impression (approaching the nature of an ocular spectrum) upon the imaginative faculty, than the exertion of it." After describing his walk among a "crowd," a "host of golden daffodils . . ./ Tossing their heads in sprightly dance," he avers, "A poet could not but be gay,/ In such a jocund company." And the wealth is greater than the immediate pleasure:

Illustration of PDF document

Download I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud Study Guide

Subscribe Now

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.

Unlock This Study Guide Now

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-hour free trial

Explore Study Guides