I wandered lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)
by William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils) Memory and the Past Quotes
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When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils; (lines 2-3)
You don’t think about verb tenses through much of the poem. It reads like a straightforward narrative which, though not set in the present, still has this present-y atmosphere to it because of phrases like "all at once."
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company: (lines 13-14)
The poem could have worked just fine if it ended here. Sad man becomes happy: a perfect plot. But no, Wordsworth has to be Wordsworth and add more layers of complexity.