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I wandered lonely as a cloud - William Wordsworth I wandered lonely as a cloud, by William Wordsworth is a poem that reflects both the author and the Romantic age, in which it was written. The Romantic Age was an amazing time for many poets, the age let Wordsworth embrace the strong felt emotions, the appreciation of nature and realisation of the importance of the imagination. The poem starts with him walking lonely along the coast, he then comes across a field of daffodils. They overwhelm Wordsworth strong feelings that appreciate the beauty of nature. He then reflects on not only the powers of nature but also on the imagination and memory. This poem by Wordsworth reflects the feelings of the writer and those felt by society in the Romantic Age. ...read more.


This poem shows Wordsworth's reflection on the emotion, which was strongly felt during the Romantic Age. Wordsworth held a keen interest in nature, this can be clearly seen throughout the context of the poem. Descriptive words such as "sparkling wave" and "golden daffodils" show his enthusiasm and love of nature. A simile noted between the daffodils and the stars shows how Wordsworth linked all typed of nature together and with religion as the stars have a close relation with heaven and god. This clearly shows Wordsworth's love and respect towards nature. Throughout the poem Wordsworth uses personification to describe things, "wanders lonely as a cloud", and watches as the daffodils toss "their heads in sprightly dance". This shows Wordsworth's great appreciation of nature by giving it human characteristics. ...read more.


The use of the word "oft" (often) shows Wordsworth's idea that this kind of experience is not subject to loss because it can be repeated inside your head. The imagination, the inner landscape, is expressed because of that word as a permanent position. By showing us his feelings on imagination it persuades us to see just how important it is. Wordsworth's poem, I wandered lonely as a cloud, clearly expresses the feelings felt by himself and those evident in the Romantic Age. Emotion played a large part in that stage in history and the descriptions that get slightly carried away. Nature is one of the topics of the poem and is portrayed as an important part of life. We are also given information on the importance of the imagination was strongly felt through the Romantic Age. This short poem is able to reflect on the historical period in which it was written and on the poet who wrote it. Sorcha Stapleton ...read more.

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