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I wandered lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)

I wandered lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)

  

by William Wordsworth

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

(2) Sea Level

One 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 common life." "I wandered lonely as a Cloud," with its simple subject and language, is an example of this philosophy in action. Aside from a few words like "jocund," "margin," and "sprightly," Wordsworth doesn't try to sound like a fancy-pants.

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