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Journal on "I wandered lonely as a cloud"
IF I WERE A CLOUD
William Wordsworth*s "I wandered lonely as a cloud" is a poem writing on "The Daffodils". In line one, the speaker uses metaphoric language to describe himself as "lonely as a cloud" this is because clouds are so high above the sky, they move around the sky like wanderers and also they are seldom seen in big groups. Clouds usually have irregular movement, thus cloud could be used as good metaphor for lonely.
Daffodils are yellow trumpet-shaped flowers with long stem that bloom in the spring. The poet chooses to personify them because daffodils bloom in the spring, and spring is the time when the weather become warmer and plants start to grow again. These daffodils in the poem are used to project the idea of life, as they should be lively, happy and full of hope being the flower of the season.
The daffodils should be happy and excited as they were "Fluttering and dancing in the breeze", "Tossing their heads in sprightly", "Outdid the sparkling waves in glee"
the daffodils are always joined with different aspect of nature or the world. For the first stanza, the daffodils are in harmony with the breeze; for the second stanza, the daffodils are in harmony with the stars; for the third stanza, they are in harmony with the waves. "gay", "glee", "bliss", "jocund" and "pleasure" are words with the same meaning as "happy", and happy is the atmosphere brought about by the daffodils.
The last stanza is a realization of the speaker. Sometimes quite often, the speaker will lie on his couch, either thinking of nothing or having some deep or serious thought, the picture of the daffodils will appear. The picture injects the idea of a state of complete happiness when one is alone. This makes the heart of the speaker lightens up with pleasure, just like having a dance with the daffodils. "Inward eye" is the metaphor for the human mind. The speaker is able to feel happy now because whenever he is doing nothing or having troubles, he could just think of the picture of the daffodils, his mood blooms like the merry daffodils.
In this poem, the nature is having powers over human beings. "The Daffodils" with a view of nature, including flowers, sky etc, affects the mood of the person who appreciate it. The broadness of the surrounding (the sky and the field), the brightness of the color of the daffodils, create a serene and yet joyous atmosphere. Thus the smoothness of nature does contribute to the inner feelings of someone who appreciates it. The powers of nature is extremely great.
Taking into comparison of the two poems, both shows the powers of nature in helping to smoothen the mood of the person who appreciates the picture. However, "The Daffodils" transmits the easy and happy mood by using the large portion of bright yellow daffodils; conversely, Whitman*s poem is having a picture of a "moist night-air" and stars. The first is a colorful picture that brings about a happy atmosphere while the latter is a picture of a dark, stagnant sky that is having a sense of serenity but not no happiness felt.
P/S: Sorry Ray, my journals might have to be late until I get my own Internet fixed up in the dormitory.
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