I Wandered Lonely as Cloud: Daffodils

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Analisi testuale della poesia di Wordsworth, Daffodils (Narcisi). Summary in english (0 pagine formato doc)

I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD - The poem was composed in 1804 and was inspired by the sight of a field full of golden daffodils waving in the wind.

The key of the poem is joy, as we can see from the many words which express pleasure and delight: in fact the daffodils are golden, waving in a sprightly dance and outdoing the waves in glee: they provide a jocund company and the sight of them fills the poet's heart with pleasure. The flowers are set in a natural environment made up of land, air and water. The words related to the three elements are: for land: wales, hills, tree. For air: cloud, breeze, stars, milky way.
For water: lake, bay, waves.

I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD ANALISI - All nature appears wonderfully alive and happy in fact the cloud floats on high; the stars shine and twinkle, the waves dance and sparkle in glee. The daffodils, too, are not static like in a painting, but alive with motion. They are in fact fluttering and dancing in the breeze, and tossing their heads in sprightly dance. The sight of the daffodils amazes the poet at first because of their great number in fact they a crowd, continuous, ten thousand, host, never ending-line. Yet Wordsworth is not interested in the flowers as such, but in the way they effect him; that is from inner to deter worlds and viceverse. The sight of the flowers brings the poet delight but he doesn't realize that at the moment but only later, when memory brings back the scene. It is clear that the daffodils have a metaphorical meaning.

I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD FIGURE RETORICHE - They may represent the voice of nature, which is scarcely audible except in solitude, the magic moment when our spirit develops a visionary power and we “return to the enchanted unity with nature we knew in childhood; they may represent a living microcosm within the larger macrocosm of nature. Describing the daffodils the poet mentions only one colour: golden; but the whole poem implicitly suggest a wealth of colours: white = clouds; green = hills, vales, trees; blue = lake; silver = star; silver-white = milky way. In stanza 4 the poet suggests the perfect state of mind we should be in to hear the voice of nature; he says we should be in a sort of inner emptiness almost like that of the mystics when they enter into communion with God. This state of mind favours the poet's inner perception, which he calls “in ward eye”. Tanks to this inner perception the poet's physical “loneliness” turns into a moment of ecstasy, which to calls bliss of solitude. Brief as it is, the poem presents a perfect structure. It is divided into four stanzas which correspond to the various moods of the poet.

  • Stanza 1_ Setting and shock at the sight
  • Stanza 2_ Description of the flowers
  • Stanza 3_ Relationship between the flowers and the poet
  • Stanza 4_ Emotion recollected in tranquillity The devices used by Wordsworth in this poem are. Similes: lonely as a cloud; continuous as stars.