Question by : questions about………William Wordsworth “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.
1. What do poets do when they personify subjects? Identify the subject that is personified in this poem, and describe how it is personified. Then explain how personification helps the poet to convey his ideas about the natural world.
Thanks WP that really helped me understand.
Answer by W P
Poets give inanimate objects qualities and characteristics of people when they use personification.
The cloud is personified.
The cloud is described as feeling loneliness….but only people can feel loneliness. Thus the cloud is personified.
Personification, in this poem, helps connect us to the natural world.
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