William Wordsworth. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"

  1. Describe the scene the speaker suddenly comes upon in his wandering.
  2. 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?
  3. What effect does the scene have on the speakers while he is present? What "wealth" is he later aware of?
  4. According to the speaker, in what activity do the flowers take part?
  5. What was the speaker's mood before he saw the daffodils? How do you know?
  6. 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?
  7. What is the speaker's " inward eye"? Why is it the "bliss of solitude"?
  8. Of what value to humans are natural scenes as the one presented in the poem?
  9. 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".
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