I wandered lonely as a cloud…

 Came upon this poem by Wordsworth during my high school days. The abstract was actually a part of my literature curricula. The poem struck me then with the vividity with which the atmosphere was described and explained. The poem was so obviously written in a good mood and not a contemplative one as often is the case with most poems. But the thing that struck me most was the description of the daffodils and its effect on Wordsworth. See it 4 urself..

I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Courtesy: William Wordsworth.

Its actually the way that he describes the scene that actually takes me with him to those fields where daffodils stay put. Nature has always been my recluse and nature is what brings to me that peculiar nostalgic feeling that i just cannot explain. A long drive through the woods replete with soft gentle music is my idea of a perfect afternoon!

Pity though, that  living amidst the trees here at Kharagpur i sadly cant imagine those soothing images, hence the poem ….



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