Q&A: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud “What Wealth the Show to Me Had Brought”?

Question by [NG]Mykey: I wandered lonely as a cloud “What wealth the show to me had brought”?
what did the speaker mean when he said “What wealth the show to me had brought”

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: 10
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, 20
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

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  1. jamesmom2 says:

    A host, of golden daffodils

  2. captaindestroyo says:

    Basically the poem says that the speaker had this really awesome blissful experience with nature, but that the MEMORY of the experience is more special than the experience itself, because the memory keeps him from the duldrums and loneliness of everyday life and cheers his spirit when he’s in a “vacant or pensive mood”.

  3. Bob Sacamano says:

    The line also ties into Wordsworth’s belief that poetic thought

    ‘[…] takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity: the emotion is contemplated till, by a species of reaction, the tranquillity gradually disappears, and an emotion, kindred to that which was before the subject of contemplation, is gradually produced, and does itself actually exist in the mind. In this mood successful composition generally begins, and in a mood similar to this it is carried on […]’ [1]

    So the initial sighting of the daffodils elicited a strong emotional response from Wordsworth, but it is only in reflecting upon that emotional response that he is able to articulate it in poetry. Note the use of the past tense: he *wandered*, not *wanders*.