Saturday, March 19, 2011

Happy Saturday!

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;
Besides the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluuttering 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
Outdid 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.

--"I wandered lonely as a cloud" by William Wordsworth

I first heard this poem in my Intro to Lit class, and loved it so much, I wrote one of my papers on it that term. Even now, every time I see daffodils blossoming, that last line pops into my head, "and then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils" and I can't help but smile.

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