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I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD

I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUDPREPARED BY :SURIN SERRY WONGALYA ISMAHANI BT MD ZINLING FANG QINGI Wandered Lonely as a CloudI wandered lonely as a cloudThat 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 shineAnd twinkle on the milky way,They stretched in never-ending lineAlong the margin of a bay:Ten thousand saw I at a glance,Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.The waves beside them danced; but theyOut-did the sparkling waves in glee:A poet could not but be gay,In such a jocund company:I gazedand gazedbut little thoughtWhat wealth the show to me had brought:For oft, when on my couch I lieIn vacant or in pensive mood,They flash upon that inward eyeWhich is the bliss of solitude;And then my heart with pleasure fills,And dances with the daffodils.BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM WORDSWORTHBorn in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England, on April 7, 1770, William Wordsworth is known for writing Lyrical Ballads (1798) with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, considered by many to have launched the English Romantic movement. Wordsworth's literary credits also include "Tintern Abbey," and his poetry is perhaps most original in its vision of the relation between man and the natural worlda vision that culminated in the metaphor of nature as emblematic of the mind of God. Wordsworth died in Rydal Mount, Westmorland, England, on April 23, 1850.summaryThe speaker says that, wandering like a cloud floating above hills and valleys, he encountered a field of daffodils beside a lake. The dancing, fluttering flowers stretched endlessly along the shore, and though the waves of the lake danced beside the flowers, the daffodils outdid the water in glee. The speaker says that a poet could not help but be happy in such a joyful company of flowers. He says that he stared and stared, but did not realize what wealth the scene would bring him. For now, whenever he feels vacant or pensive, the memory flashes upon that inward eye / That is the bliss of solitude, and his heart fills with pleasure, and dances with the daffodils.SETTING AND BACKGROUNDThe poem recaptures a moment on April 15, 1802, when Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, were walking near a lake at Grasmere, Cumbria County, England, and came upon a shore lined with daffodils. Grasmere is in northwestern England's Lake District, between Morecambe Bay on the south and Solway Firth on the north. The Lake District extends twenty-five miles east to west and thirty miles north to south. Among its attractions are Englands highest mountain, Scafell Pike (3,210 feet), and Esthwaite Lake and other picturesque meres radiating outward, like the points of a star, from the town of Grasmere. Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, moved to a cottage at Grasmere in 1799. After Wordsworth married in 1802, his wife resided there also. The family continued to live there until 1813. The Lake District was the haunt of not only Wordsworth but also poets Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Thomas De Quincey.MAIN THEME OF THE POEMNature : Natures beauty uplifts the human spirit. Happiness : The poem just makes you feel good about life by using the power of imagination.Man and the Natural world :Wordsworths nature is full of life and vitality. He appreciates its wildness but he humanizes the landscape and fits to his own mind.Loneliness : I wandered lonely as a cloud that could be affected by daily routine.RHYME,FORM AND METERThis poem has a fairly simple form that fits its simple theme and language.It consists of 4 stanzas with 6 lines each for a total of 24 lines.The rhyme scheme is also simple : ABABCCThe last 2 lines of each stanza rhyme like the end of a Shakespearean sonnet.So, each stanza feels independent and self-sufficient. This is called a rhyming couplet. POETIC DEVICESSimile :as in I wandered lonely as a cloud and continuous as the stars that shine.Metaphor :as in what wealth the show to me had broughtPersonification :as in fluttering and dancing in the breezeRepetition : The word dance is repeated 3 times in this poem.FIRST STANZAWhile wandering like a cloud, the speaker happens upon daffodils fluttering in a breeze on the shore of a lake, beneath trees. Daffodils are plants in the lily family with yellow flowers and a crown shaped like a trumpet.The poet compares himself to a cloud.The poet represents the idea of loneliness.He also colors what he sees by his imagination.Basically, the first stanza is a contrast between the loneliness of the poet and the crowd of the daffodils. SECOND STANZAThe daffodils stretch all along the shore. Because there are so many of them, they remind the speaker of the Milky Way, the galaxy that scientists say contains about one trillion stars, including the sun. The speaker humanizes the daffodils when he says they are engaging in a dance.The poet compares these daffodils to the stars on the milky way in the sky.The poet describes the happy movement of the daffodils. THIRD STANZAIn their gleeful fluttering and dancing, the daffodils outdo the rippling waves of the lake. But the poet does not at this moment fully appreciate the happy sight before him. In the last line of the stanza, Wordsworth uses anastrophe, writing the show to me had broughtinstead ofthe show brought to me. Anastrophe is an inversion of the normal word order.He starts to talk about the waves which are in the lake.The scene in the lake affects the poet and makes him happy. In this comtemplation, everything in nature affects him and makes him happy.FOURTH STANZANot until the poet later muses about what he saw does he fully appreciate the cheerful sight of the dancing daffodils. Worsworth again uses anastrophe, writingwhen on my couch I lieandmy heart with pleasure fills.waves in his solitude.This explain the effect of nature on the poet.So, this poem represents the beauty of nature and its effect on human beings.CONCLUSIONThe general atmosphere of the poem begins with sadness and agony,but no changes into happiness and joy.This atmosphere is emphasized through the choice of words.Firstly,the words were negative and unpleasant : wandered/lonelyThey point out the sense of isolation.Then, these words change to be a more positive and cheerful : dancing/stars that shine/etc.THANK YOU

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