Friday, May 9, 2014

Poem of the Day: "As a Cloud" by William Wordsworth

"As a Cloud" by William Wordsworth is the Songs of Eretz Poem of the Day for May 9, 2014.  It is in the public domain and therefore legally reprinted here.  Biographical information about Wordsworth may be found here:

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

I don't care what the contemporary poets may say--Wordsworth is still a pleasure to read--lyrical, pastoral, evocative of a time of romance and enlightenment.  The gentle, lilting iambic tetrameter and the predictable rhymes create the poetic equivalent of comfort food.  Also, I'm partial to daffodils

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