The Daffodils

The Daffodils’ was written in the eighteenth century by William Wordsworth. Gillian Clarke wrote ‘Miracle on St.David's Day’ in the twentieth century, making her a contemporary poet.

'The Daffodils' is about a day when Wordsworth was contemplating, and decided to go for a walk. Along the way he observed a host of daffodils. He thought that the flowers were so beautiful that they left an indelible impression in his mind. Weeks, maybe months after he had first seen the flowers, when he was in a “vacant or pensive mood,” Wordsworth remembered the beautiful sight of the daffodils. Just thinking of the flowers gave him inspiration and filled his heart with pleasure.


We know that something remarkable is about to happen in Gillian Clarke’s poem by reading the title; “Miracle on St. David’s Day.” The word ‘miracle’ conveys this feeling. After reading the title there’s a chosen extract or a prolog from the poem ‘The Daffodils.’ We now know that Gillian Clarke’s poem is accociated with William Wordsworth’s poem. As this extract is located at the beginning of her poem it makes us believe that her poem is also going to be about daffodils.

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        The poem by Gillian Clarke is about a 'miracle' that occurs on St. David's Day, when a dumb man is touched by the power of a poem. She visits a mental hospital and recites poems to the patients. When in middle of a poem the dumb man abruptly stands up and recites ‘The Daffodils’ by William Wordworth. The nurses were “frozen” because they’d never heard the man speak before. Gillian Clarke describes the tension and the silence as the man recites.

The structure of the poems have obvious differences, the most noticeable being length and rhyme. Miracle is more like ...

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