Question by iliketofrolick26: I need Help With Scanning this poem for Meter and Effect.?
Here is teh Poem, it is a classic:
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.
I need what the effect, meter, and anything else important baout it.
Answer by rainbowunweaver2002
Let me help you with the metre first: it is iambic, i.e. an unstressed syllable is followed by a stressed one, as if you were saying “I AM, I AM”.
It is a crossed rhyme you find in the 1st four verses of each stanza and then a paired rhyme, a couplet, in the 5th and 6th.
In stanza 1and 2 in vers 6 there is a deviation from the very regular metre; these lines start with a stressed syllable, making the beginning almost a trochee, perhaps in accordance with the sudden movement of “fluttering” and “tossing”, whereas everything else is smooth and tranquil, almost pensive; thus the regular beat and the smoothness of the rhymes support the author’s serene bliss.
The formatting in stanza 3 is slightly incorrect at least as far as the lay-out in your questions goes:
“The waves beside them danced; but they
Outdid the …”
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