William Wordsworth. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
- Describe the scene the speaker suddenly comes upon in his wandering.
- Find two similes in which the comparison is indicated by the word "as". In each simile, what is compared to what? What is suggested by each simile?
- What effect does the scene have on the speakers while he is present? What "wealth" is he later aware of?
- According to the speaker, in what activity do the flowers take part?
- What was the speaker's mood before he saw the daffodils? How do you know?
- Find three examples of personification in the poem. What human characteristics are given to nonhuman things? How do these comparative descriptions contribute to your interpretation of the poem?
- What is the speaker's " inward eye"? Why is it the "bliss of solitude"?
- Of what value to humans are natural scenes as the one presented in the poem?
- Wordsworth once described poetry as "powerful feelings recollected in tranquility", or calmness. Explain how this famous phrase relates to "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud".