Daffodils by William Wordsworth
First stanza : t he poem opens with the poet wandering in a state of loneliness. The line "I wandered lonely as a cloud" reminds us of those moods when we are aimless, undirected, as if with no purpose, and detached from the world around us. This sense of detachment from experience is reinforced by the description of the cloud that "floats on high".
This mood is suddenly broken by the sight of the flowers, described through a series of personifications, as if they were real people. It is the presence of the daffodils, which breaks the solitude of the poet, which recalls him from his initial detachment. As in "The Solitary Reaper" it is an external element which catches the poet's attention, which calls him back to reality, making him feel a sense of wonder and surprise.
Second stanza : in these lines W shows the daffodils as part of a universal order, a great horizon which embraces all natural elements, from the lake to the Milky Way. Paradoxically, in the whole universe, man seems the only creature capable of feeling not at home (first stanza) and at the same time the only creature capable of taking part in the joy of nature, the only creature aware, conscious of himself and consequently "gay" for the beauty, joy and liveliness that nature expresses. In short, man is the only living creature, who can really rejoice and be aware of what surrounds him.