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I wandered lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)

I wandered lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)


by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils) Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Welcome to the land of symbols, imagery, and wordplay. Before you travel any further, please know that there may be some thorny academic terminology ahead. Never fear, Shmoop is here. Check out our...

Form and Meter

"I wandered lonely as a Cloud" has a fairly simple form that fits its simple and folksy theme and language. It consists of four stanzas with six lines each, for a total of 24 lines. The rhyme schem...


The speaker is a lonely poet who has learned how to keep himself company by viewing nature as "peopled" by things. The first two lines make him sound almost like the cliché of a Romantic poet: his...


The poem begins with a single, solitary cloud floating slowly over the English countryside. You don’t often see one cloud off by itself, but that seems to be the case here. The cloud is like a lo...

Sound Check

Comparing poetry and dancing is a very old tradition. In Ancient Greece, "lyric" poetry was often performed with music played on a lyre, an instrument like a harp. The French "rondeau" is both a po...

What's Up With the Title?

When you read the title as "I wandered lonely as a Cloud," you might have done a double take. That’s because many people know the poem as "Daffodils," or "The Daffodils." The original title merel...

Calling Card

One of the big ideas of Romanticism is the notion that the spiritual vision – the imagination – can hold greater truths than those given by our senses. We can never fully express what goes on i...


(2) Sea LevelOne of Wordworth’s big innovations in poetry was to write, as he said in his preface of his Lyrical Ballads, in the "real language of Men," and about "incidents and situations in com...

Brain Snacks

Sex Rating

GIt would be one thing is those daffodils were grinding like a bunch of 9th graders at a school dance while the chaperones aren’t looking, but that's just not the case here.

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