A Critical Appreciation of Wordsworth’s ‘I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud’

This poem is a beautiful specimen of romantic poetry. The poem is a good example of Wordsworth’s belief in the communication between nature and man, and nature’s healing power.

The 1st speaker of the poem saw a huge number of daffodils while he was roaming about without any definite purpose. His mind was free from any worldly or practical tension. The daffodils appeared to him as a crowd of living beings. Like a group of joyous dancers, they had been dancing in pleasant breeze. They were making sounds like the sounds made by the wings of the flying birds.

These daffodils, grown along the belt between the shore and the lake water, seemed to laugh together in mirth and joy. The speaker who had been walking with empty mind in a passive mood could not but respond to the happy sight. He was moved by the happiness of the daffodils. They touched his heart and made a permanent impression of happiness there. The overwhelmed speaker kept on looking at these flowers for a long time without knowing that this sight would help him overcome mental depression in future. Later on, whenever he becomes lonely and nostalgic that happy sight revives in his mind. His heart starts dancing like those dancing daffodils. This memory helps him forget all present anxieties. It provides him with solace and comfort. It revives his “genial spirit”.

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