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I Wandered as Lonely as a Cloud

When a person feels sad or lonely, they usually resort to inanimate objects to comfort

them. When they observe the objects, they compare them to animals or humans by giving them

animalistic characteristics. In Wordsworth’s poem, “I Wandered as Lonely as a Cloud”, his

uplifting tone, use of symbolism, and imagery proves that even the smallest things in life can

please someone.

In Wordsworth’s poem, the uplifting tone is created by his dialogue. The narrator

describes the daffodils as being happy and gives them human-like traits. The description uses

words such as “twinkle” (8), “sprightly dance” (12), and “sparkling” (14) which provides the

reader with a sense that the narrator views nature as happy and peaceful. “Sprightly dance” gives

the flowers personification because the way they are swaying in the wind it seems as if they are

people dancing. This description also helps the reader understand the tone better because of the

word “sprightly”. This word provides the reader with a light and happy feeling. Wordsworth’s

use of this word makes the reader feel joyful, which applies to the overall tone of the poem. His

tone is also conveyed when the narrator relates the flowers to when lying on a couch. The

portrayal of the couch and the narrator’s mood while on the couch contributes to the tone

because when someone lies on a couch, the mood of that person is relaxed and cheerful. Another

way the tone is revealed is in the final stanzas of the poem. The narrator is finally filled with joy

and realizes that the daffodils are more than just flowers.

Along with tone, Wordsworth also uses symbolism to make the reader realize what

Wordsworth is trying to say. The main symbol in the poem are the daffodils. They represent the

narrator’s friends and family. Because of the loneliness of the narrator, he resorts to view nature

through a new lens. He notices that the daffodils behave like a group of people dancing while
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“fluttering” (6) in the wind. When the narrator realizes this, he feels like the daffodils are his

friends and that they can keep him company in his time of sorrow. Despite his sadness, he finds a

way to break that by coming to nature and just watching. More symbolism is used when the

narrator goes on to talk about the tall grass. The grass is compared to waves flowing in the

breeze also they dance like the daffodils. The narrator sees the grass and is mesmerized by its

flow and tranquility. This symbolism helps Wordsworth convey his tone because the reader can

make the connections between the symbolism and relate it to the feeling and overall meaning of

the poem. Without the symbolism, the poem would feel dry and be hard to understand the full

meaning. Another reason the symbolism in this poem is so important is because it gives it a

deeper meaning. It also expresses the narrators view on nature.

Lastly, the images created through Wordsworth’s diction help us determine the true

meaning of the whole poem. Words that are used to produce an image are “waves in glee” (13)

and “stars that shine” (7). The first phrase that Wordsworth uses to display an image makes the

reader think of happiness and delightfulness. Once again, the narrator is describing the tall grass

as being waves. These waves, however, are not just regular waves; they are waves filled with

joy. The image created is small, little waves crashing on the sand, just the picture to describe the

tone of the poem. This image also contributes to the tone because the waves are peaceful and

inspiring. The other phrase gives off an illuminating image because of Wordsworth’s word

choice. The word "shine" is describing the daffodils and how in the wind they twinkle, like a star

would. This image that is created vividly reflects the tone in two ways. One, the words used give

the reader an image relative to the tone. The other way is that it proves that the tone is fluent

throughout the whole poem.


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In life, people need comfort. They can achieve this by interpreting the small things, such

as flowers. In Wordsworth’s poem, the tone, imagery, and symbolism proves this statement to be

true: even the smallest things in life can bring pleasure to someone.