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    Please tell me!

    Will the underlined part also come under the description of the scene?


    Describe the scene in your own words.

    The poet 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 poet says that he 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."

    Here is the poem.

    The Daffodils by William Wordsworth
    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.



  1. #2

    Re: Please tell me!

    Hi Asad

    The exercise said describe the scene in your own words.

    If I could take the first verse and leave the rest to you.

    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.


    The poet walks the countryside alone imagining himself adrift. Then the reverie is broken by the sight of the daffodils caught in the gentle wind and the flowers appear to him to have taken on the form of lively dancers. This shock captures his spirits and he views the scene as a 'host', welcoming and uplifting.
    Last edited by Mordant; 31-Jan-2007 at 00:58.


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    #3

    Re: Please tell me!

    Let me try:


    He says that they seem to be as numerous as the stars that shine in the sky. He also remarks on the beauty of the waves dancing next to them, though they are overshadowed by the daffodils.


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    Re: Please tell me!

    Does the last stanza come under the scene?

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    #5

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    I think not.


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    #6

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    What is the best way to describe the scene?

    In this poem, the poet recounts his tale of chancing upon a long belt of daffodils. He is struck speechless by their sheer number and beauty. He says that they seem to be as numerous as the stars that shine in the sky. He also remarks on the beauty of the waves dancing next to them, though they are overshadowed by the daffodils.


    OR

    In this poem, Wordsworth records his experience of suddenly chancing upon "a host" of daffodils during a lonely walk. The daffodils delight him with their abundance and beauty; he says they seem as numerous as the stars that shine in the sky. He also remarks on the beauty of the lake nearby, but adds that even its sparkling waves are not so exuberant as the yellow daffodils "dancing in the breeze".

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    OR

    The poet walks the countryside alone imagining himself adrift. Then the reverie is broken by the sight of the daffodils caught in the gentle wind and the flowers appear to him to have taken on the form of lively dancers. This shock captures his spirits and he views the scene as a 'host', welcoming and uplifting.He says that they seem to be as numerous as the stars that shine in the sky. He also remarks on the beauty of the waves dancing next to them, though they are overshadowed by the daffodils.

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    #7

    Re: Please tell me!

    The first is the plainest and best for me- I'd leave the poetry to the poet.

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