| Quote #1
When all at once I saw a crowd,
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."
| Quote #2
A poet could not but be gay,
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.
| Quote #3
For oft, when on my couch I lie
The final stanza hits us with a surprise: the daffodil scene wasn’t something that happened yesterday, or even last week. It happened a while ago. Now the speaker is giving us a memory about his memories.