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    Insertion of articles can be very confusing sometimes.

    Many many many many thanks for your help, Ronbee and Tdol!

    Tdol, but I feel it's not any general state of sensory confusion, since the imagined event and the real/actual event are known. And it's clear from the poem which two events he can't tell the difference between. Chancing upon the daffodils is the first event (that is mentioned in the poem), and imagining the encounter with the daffodils when he lies on his couch (that's also mentioned.), is the second event. I feel that using indefinite articles insinuates that he isn't able to make the difference between any imagined event and any real event(not the events which took place in the poem),when he thinks of the daffodils.

    Please please please again look at the poem for me, and tell me which articles are suitable there. I am very very very very confused. I am again putting the poem down here, and the answer as well.


    I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

    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.


    Q. How can the heart dance?

    Ans. Imagining the daffodils vividly enough brings his senses and emotions into play until he cannot tell the difference between an/the/that imagined event and a/the real one. And his heart starts dancing.

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    Re: Insertion of articles can be very confusing sometimes.

    I think it depends on interpretation- both could be used. Ron, if I remember correctly, favoured the indefinite, but I would go for the definite. however, you clearly see it as specific, so I would say use the definite- it relfects your thinking.


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    Re: Insertion of articles can be very confusing sometimes.

    Many many many thanks for your help, Richard (Tdol). I am very very very grateful to you.


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    Question Re: Insertion of articles can be very confusing sometimes.

    One more thing that I asked, but no one has answered yet. I asked whether I should answer the question in particular (i.e. Imagining the daffodils vividly enough brings his senses and emotions into play until he cannot tell the difference between the imagined event and the real one. And his heart starts dancing.). or in general (i.e. Imagining something vividly enough will bring your senses and emotions into play until you cannot tell the difference between an imagined event and an actual one.) since itís unclear from the question whose heart is referred to. The poetís or the readerís?


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