Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I am into English poets today. Yahoo! 360 saw "Gray's Elegy" only because I thought about it this morning. So I decided on Wordsworth for this post. A day for English poets.

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.

William Wordsworth


  1. I have always liked this one since childhood. One of the first few poems I memorized as a kid. Do kids still memorize things? Besides cell phone numbers?

    So nice of you to double post today

  2. I knew this by heart too and today it seems I have a yen for English countryside!

    I don't know if they memorize things today! Probably for exams but then I memorized for exams and in all probability promptly forgot for ever as I came out of the exam room! But things are tucked away in the brain and do stick like the above and Elegy.

  3. I never had teachers who made us memorize poetry. I wish I had. Now at my age, it is much harder to make those words stick.

    This is a lovely poem. I love the phrase "In such a jocund company."


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