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Comparison of The Daffodils(TM) by William Wordsworth and Miracle on St David(TM)s Day(TM) by Gillian Clarke

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Comparison of 'The Daffodils' by William Wordsworth and 'Miracle on St David's Day' by Gillian Clarke 'The Daffodils" by William Wordsworth is about a man who stumbles upon an amazing field of daffodils after a long day walking in the local hills of the Lake District. He is feeling sad and lonely and it instantly lifts his mood. The poem highlights the power of memory and the beauty of nature. William Wordsworth describes himself as wandering as 'lonely as a cloud that floats on high o'er vales and hills'. This suggests that he feels alone and isolated from the rest of the world. The poem then has an abrupt change as Wordsworth comes across an amazing sight, 'When all at once'. This changes the pace and seperates the poet's detached state from his now happy and involved state. The daffodils are described as a 'crowd' and as a 'host', which implies that he is suddenly surrounded and is not forlorn any more; when he says 'host', William Wordsworth conveys the idea that the daffodils are inviting him into their crowd and they are also the host of the whole poem; linking to the title. Wordsworth describes the flowers as 'golden', which emphasizes the fact that they are special and treasured. The poet uses personification, emphasizing unity, in 'Fluttering and dancing in the breeze'; this suggests that the flowers are calm and elegant, with energy and beauty. ...read more.

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This is the first person she introduces, an odd, but not horrible, almost humorous example. The second person to be introduced is a 'beautiful chestnut-haired boy' who 'listens entirely absorbed. A schizophrenic...on a good day.' She is positive about every person and seems to enjoy reading to them, not stereotype them, as we perhaps expect. The poetry has not reached one of the people, the third to be introduced, 'In a cage of first march sun, a woman sits not listening, not seeing, not responding'; she is trapped within her own body and cannot respond, which is devastating. It is upsetting and sad that the woman is so withdrawn; she is described as sitting 'In her neat clothes the woman is absent'. This enhances the idea that she is trapped and that she is detached from the rest of the world. Outwardly she seems disconnected; inwardly she is upset, as she cannot communicate with the rest of the community and cannot share her inner thoughts. The fourth person to be introduced is the main focus of the poem and is not presented at the beginning of the poem, but instead in the middle. Yet again, Gillian Clarke acquaints us with the man with 'a big, mild man'; suggesting that although he is tall, he is like a gentle giant, large but loving. The issue with the man is his speech, 'He has never spoken'; which is a very abrupt, but factual account. ...read more.

Conclusion

However, the colour of the daffodils differs between the poems, with creams and yellows in Gillian Clarke's piece and golden in Wordsworths'. Both poems have the words 'ten thousand' in them, for daffodils and for syllables. They also have the beauty of nature occurring in them for the daffodils. The poems are set in different time periods, as 'The Daffodils' was written in 1804, whereas 'Miracle on St David's Day' was only written recently, meaning it is contemporary. Both poems use daffodils, although for different purposes, one as the main focus, the other as a background detail, as there is a dissimilar main focus. The daffodils are used as a symbol of hope and to enhance mood or atmosphere, for different effects on the reader. 'The Daffodils' is about the colour of the flowers, the image in general and the change in mood brought on by the daffodils. I like the simplicity of the poem and the way it flows, not just from line to line, but from each point. 'Miracle on St David's Day' sends a strong message out, with a deep underlying message. I like the word choices, as I think it makes the poem very interesting. I enjoyed reading both poems a lot, for separate reasons; although prefer 'The Daffodils' to 'Miracle on St David's Day', as I like the regular rhythm and length of the poem more than the free verse, almost story-like quality of 'Miracle on St David's Day'. ...read more.

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