I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
Poem By: William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth was born to be a poet. With a last name like “Wordsworth”, it was destined to happen. He was born on 7th of April 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland in northwest England in the Lake District. Being one of the more scenic places in England, Wordsworth grew up surrounded by nature, providing him with the perfect inspiration and setting to write. Utterly in love with nature, and being a levelheaded and overall sincere man, Wordsworth found love and pleasure in the simplest things in life. In the poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, also called Daffodils, William Wordsworth described how he witnessed a scene so beautiful that it was imprinted on his mind and he often reflected on its memory in times of need. In this poem William used literary devices that tied his work together, giving the words rhythm, meaning and life. He used rhyming to add rhythm and to create an even flow of words, imagery to allow the reader to see and experience what he was writing about, and personification to make the daffodils come alive in a human way in one’s mind. These literary devices emphasized the poem’s underlying deeper meaning: that in times of hardship, one must look at the brighter side of life, for even the simplest memory can bring joy to one’s life in a time of need.
The use of rhyming in William’s poem accented and gave life to the words by creating a swaying rhythm, showing how simple words rhymed together can add a sense of movement. This allowed the reader to almost feel like they are there in person, experiencing the sway of flowers in the wind. William’s words swung and twisted in the rhyming pattern of ABABCC. Bringing pleasure and peace to the simplest of words, William backed up his love of simplicity with his subtle rhyming of the last words of alternate lines and ending each stanza with a little flourish by rhyming the last two lines. “Continuous as the stars that shine
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