Denotation & Connotation 1 

Literary Terms: Poetry

Denotation & Connotation


Wordsworth " I wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (xerox)
Herrick, Robert " Delight in Disorder" (704)
Shakespeare " That Time of the Year" (713)
Burns, Robert " A Red, Red Rose" (718)
Winters, Yvor " At the San Francisco Airport" (699-701)



Literary Terms: Poetry

Denotation & Connotation

Denotation: "The thing or situation to which a word refers exclusive of attitudes or feelings which the writer or speaker may have; a word's most literal and limited meaning"(Literary Terms 59).

Connotation: "The implications or suggestions that are evoked by a word" (47).


William Wordsworth (

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. 1804.