Take a Walk in my Shoes:
An Analysis of William Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”
“Edna St. Vincent Millay once wrote, "And all the loveliest things there be come simply, so it seems to me."”(A)The quote couples well with the simple pleasures found in William Wordsworth’s poem titled “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”. On “April 15, 1802, Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, were walking near a lake at Grasmere, Cumbria County, England”(B). While walking the coastline, Wordsworth stumbles upon a sea of daffodils swaying in the wind. In his poem Wordsworth sits on his couch thinking back to this experience, appreciating how lovely it was. ...view middle of the document...
” He compares the vastness of the galaxy to that of this field of flowers. The flowers appear to be never ending much like the stars in the night sky. He only notices “Ten thousand” at first glance, implying that there are many more than can be contained in his field of vision. To complete the scene, Wordsworth sets the atmosphere of this lakeside paradise. The author gives the waves of the lake and the flowers human like qualities to set a lively mood. “The waves beside [the flowers] danced, but [the flowers]/Out-did the sparkling waves in glee.” Here the waves and the flowers are dancing, an ability unique to people. The flowers “[out-[doing]” the waves implies that there is some kind of competition happening between the two of them, which is another personification because water and flowers are incapable of competing. The competition appears to be in good spirit because the flowers are filled with “glee” after they had won, and the waves continue “sparkling” after the game is lost. The dance competition between the waves and the flowers gives the lakeside scene a playful atmosphere. The lively game also provides more imagery in the poem as it gives the reader the image of the waves and daffodils dancing the best they can to “out-do” one another. The coastline is brought to life by Wordsworth’s use of poetic devices, having the reader feel as though they are standing right there with him.
Wordsworth uses diction, metaphors, and similes to have the reader experience the emotions he feels walking along the coastline. The poem opens saying “I wandered lonely as a cloud/ That floats on high”. The simile is used to put the reader into the author’s head space. A cloud is light and free-flowing, and this cloud in particular “floats on high.” The author has the reader experience his tranquil almost daydreamy state. There is nothing on Wordsworth’s mind, his head is drifting about much like the wandering cloud he describes himself to be. In this context “lonely” does not carry a negative connotation, blissful solitude would be a...