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PosterĄG Yvonne at 20:14:10 11/21/97 from

When I read this poem, I tried to image a picture. A man who was in his 20's, wandered alone and went though vales and hills. He felt sad, because he was lonely. Suddenly, he arrived at a lake, and saw a host of daffodils, which were under a tree. He was attracted by them and realized some truths at that moment. In my opinion, this poem tried to connect the relationship between human beings and the Nature.

In the first stanza, the speaker said
"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"
Why did he symbolize himself as a cloud? One possibility is that: clouds always flutter everywhere and have no idea about where will be the next spot, just like the speaker, he was wandering. Another possibility is that: clouds can not choose where will they move to, they are under control of winds. So, in my opinion, maybe the speaker was suffering some frustrations from the environment and he considered himself lonely and being control by the outside world. However, when he saw the daffodils, he changed his mind. He realized that he must live happily just like the daffodils. The Nature gave him power to change his life.

In the second stanza, he started to appreciate the nature scenes. (In the first stanza, the author used "o'er". Maybe it means that although the speaker wandered for a long distance, he never stopped to appreciate the beautiful natural scenes.) In the third stanza, the speaker said " I gazed- and gazed- but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought." Why the author used "-"? One possibility is that the author wanted to put emphasis on speaker's concentrating on the daffodils. And the speaker thought that being with the Nature really benefited him a lot. So, in the final stanza, the speaker expressed that when he remembered the wonderful experiences with the Nature, even he was in a pensive or vacant mood, he would be cheer up and fills with pleasure in his heart.


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