1. In what ways did the speaker liken himself to a cloud? 2. Where was the speaker at the beginning of the poem? How does he feel? 3. How were the daffodils?
4. What were the daffodils compared to in the second stanza? Explain the comparison. 5. Were the waves happier than the daffodils?
6. What does the phrase “a poet could not but be gay” mean? 7. What is the “jocund company”? What kind of “wealth” is mentioned here? What does “show” in this context refer to? 8. Where is the speaker in the last stanza? How does he feel at the moment? 9. What does “inward eye” mean?
10. What makes his heart fill with pleasure?
11. What are the figures of speech used in the poem?
12. Find synonyms in the poem.
13. What is the implication of the use “crowd”, “host” to refer to the daffodils? 14. Notice the intensity of light built up throughout the poem. Find words used in the poem to illustrate this remark. What is the intensity of light parallel to? 15. The word “dance” appears in each of the 4 stanzas. What is the significance of the repetition? 16. The poem and result of Wordsworth’s poetry can be summed up in 3 words – observation, deliberation & illumination. In what ways is the organization of ideas in this poem a good illustration of this remark? 17. What is the symbolic meaning of the daffodils?
18. What is the theme of the poem?
19. In what ways is this a romantic poem?
20. How is nature in Wordsworth’s poem? Does he feel detached from the beauty of nature or does he feel one with nature? 21. In what ways does Wordsworth consider Nature the source of happiness?
Daffodils - William Wordsworth
| Thuỷ tiên (Người dịch: Liễu Nga Đoan)
| I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crow
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
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