A comparison of two poems which have the common theme of daffodils

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A comparison of two poems which have the common theme of daffodils

William Wordsworth’s “The Daffodils” and “Miracle On St David’s Day” by Gillian Clarke have common ground even though they were written two centuries apart-William Wordsworth’s at the end of the eighteenth century and Clarke’s in the last ten years of the 20th. “The Daffodils” inspired “Miracle On St David’s Day” in that William Wordsworth’s poem “The Daffodils” creates the extraordinary event, which occurs in Clarke’s poem.

        William Wordsworth had never seen the daffodils about which he wrights. However with a wonderful imagination William Wordsworth was able to transform the details into a remarkable poem of a of a truly beautiful scene “what wealth the show to me had brought,” which allows the reader to join in and feel the beauty of the scene.

A confrontation is obvious in the first four lines of his poem when the use of “I” and “lonely” contrast with the words “crowds” and “host” in lines three and four. The writers joy continues till the end of the poem, though his loneliness also continues it is not burdensome. The same type of loneliness is felt by the speaker in “Miracle On St David’s Day” when she also manages to find herself amongst large numbers of flowers and patients who are mentally ill. The big labouring man appears to be the most lonely as “He has never spoken” for some time owing to depression but who is nevertheless put in touch with the pleasure of reciting “The Daffodils” because he is surrounded by them and is capable of linking them to one of his educational pleasures of the past and the rhythms of present. The dumb labourer experiences a flashback even though William Wordsworth knowledge was purely imagination. We see that the thought of “golden flowers” is seemed to be a healing benefit to the one who sees them.

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In terms of structure the poems differ. William Wordsworth’s is very tightly structured. It has four distinct stanzas with a highly regular rhyme scheme. In each, the first line rhymes with the third the second with the fourth and the fifth with the sixth. Each line comprises eight syllables with six lines each. Clarke’s poem, on the other hand, contains seven five-line stanzas with lines of varying length no deliberate rhyme-scheme, the use of enjambment and one final section comprising three lines.

        The context of the first poem emphasises the poets use of a powerful imagination “ fluttering and ...

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