Dorothy Wordsworth wrote this diary entry on a journey to the Lake District with her brother, the famous poet William Wordsworth, in 1802. This diary entry would serve as inspiration for Wordsworth's poem "Daffodils" or "I roamed lonely as a cloud" (1807).
Dorothy was just 24 years old when she and her brother traveled to the Lakes. She had recently lost her mother and he was trying to recover from recent political turmoil and social change at home in England. They stayed in a cottage near Rydal Mount where William Wordsworth lived with their family. It was here that Dorothy found time to write some poems of her own. She showed these to her brother who was very encouraging about them.
In the summer of 1802, the Wordsworths went on another trip, this time to Scotland. While there, they visited the main cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. It was during one of their trips to see Walter Scott that the idea for an anthology of Scottish poetry was conceived. The two men decided to include some of their favorite works by other authors too. So, the brothers sent letters to different publishers asking them if they would be interested in printing an anthology. Two of the most important publishers in London at the time were John Murray and Joseph Johnson. Both companies agreed to print the book if enough good poems were submitted.
When all of a sudden, I saw a multitude, a swarm of golden daffodils; William Wordsworth's lyric poetry "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (also known as "Daffodils") On April 15, 1802, Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy came upon a "long belt" of daffodils, which inspired the poem. The daffodils were said to be in bloom at the time when Jesus was crucified.
Dorothy described her brother's reaction to the sight of the daffodils: "We had not gone far before he pointed out a grove of daffodils to us. He was greatly pleased with this discovery and repeated several times 'Oh, what a beautiful thought! Flowers now even while Jesus was dying.' Then turning to me he added 'And what do you think of it, Dottie?' I answered that I thought it was very pretty."'
Dorothy went on to say that although they had seen many flowers before, none had affected them like this one did now. She believed this was because Jesus died for our sins.
Wordsworth also felt that by seeing the daffodils, they had found peace through mourning Jesus' death. This is reflected in line 6 of the poem where he writes, "I wandered lonely as a cloud..."
William Wordsworth wrote the lyric poetry "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," often known as "Daffodils." It is classified as a lyric poetry. Lyric poems express personal feelings and experience, and are generally less formal than epic or dramatic poems.
Lyrical poems usually describe some aspect of nature that influences the poet personally (such as a flower garden), but they do not always have a clear plot or structure. They are written in simple language, using few words, and often including specific details from the poet's own life in the work.
Lyrical poems are different from sonnets or villanelles in that they are not structured into quatrains or tercets. Also, lyrical poems tend to focus on one central idea, while sonnets typically explore multiple ideas within a small number of lines. Villanelles are similar to lyrical poems in that they use simple language and deal with a single subject. However, they are only three lines long.
Daffodils was first published in 1807. It was not well received at the time it was written because most people wanted more ambitious works of art. But over time it has been recognized as a major contribution to both romanticism and landscape painting.
When all of a sudden I beheld a multitude, a swarm of golden daffodils alongside the lake, beneath the trees, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (also known as "Daffodils") is a lyric poem written by William Wordsworth. It was published in 1807 along with other poems from The Lyrical Ballads.
The poem describes Wordsworth's emotional response to seeing a crowd of daffodils in the countryside near his home in England. He feels isolated and lonely, yet also happy that others can see these flowers which he thinks are beautiful. This is another example of how words can have more than one meaning.
Daffodils are still called "wild" daffodils today because they grow in fields where there used to be crops but now there's only grass. Back then people would grow crops like corn or wheat on their land and when it was time to harvest them they'd cut the plants down. After this happened with the corn or wheat, you'd expect to see just weeds everywhere but sometimes you'd find some leftover grains which would be ripe for harvesting next year. That's why you sometimes see daffodils even in the wintertime, because they live for more than one season.
Wild daffodils are usually only found in areas where there's plenty of water such as lakes or streams.