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    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.




    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.


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    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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    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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    Re: Your opinion please!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by asad hussain View Post
    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.


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    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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    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.
    All of the three ways are more or less alike, and each has its strong and weak points.
    Nevertheless, if there is one and only one choice, I'd choose the first one.


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    Could someone please respond the thread?

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    I also think that all three are ok. I only wonder why he refers to a lonely walk when Wordsworth's famous poem about daffodils was composed in 1804, two years after he saw the flowers walking by Ullswater on a stormy day with (his sister) Dorothy.


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    But which is the best?

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    The second one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    I also think that all three are ok. I only wonder why he refers to a lonely walk when Wordsworth's famous poem about daffodils was composed in 1804, two years after he saw the flowers walking by Ullswater on a stormy day with (his sister) Dorothy.
    I think this is the key - For oft [even years afterwards]... they flash upon that inward eye ; the experience of seeing the daffodils is still with him. I don't like any of the three.


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    OK. Then could you please describe the scene in your own words, Bob?

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    Quote Originally Posted by asad hussain View Post
    OK. Then could you please describe the scene in your own words, Bob?
    The words are all there in the poem. As Wordsworth said in another poem
    ...our meddling intellect
    Misshapes the beauteous forms of things;
    We murder to dissect.
    If describing the scene is what you want, the second is OK; but it misses the point - and the point is nothing to do with a description of the scene.

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