Analysis of Daffodils by William Wordsworth

Have you ever been amazed by the beauty of yellow daffodils like the English poet William Wordsworth had done in his poem 'Daffodils'? Let's find out by analyzing the poem 'Daffodils' by William Wordsworth...
The poem 'Daffodils' is also known by the title 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud', a lyrical poem written by William Wordsworth in 1804. It was published in 1815 in 'Collected Poems' with four stanzas. William Wordsworth is a well-known romantic poet who believed in conveying simple and creative expressions through his poems. He had quoted, "Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility". Thus, Daffodils is one of the most popular poems of the Romantic Age, unfolding the poet's excitement, love and praise for a field blossoming with daffodils.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

William Wordsworth was one of the major poets of his time honored as England's Poet Laureate. He was a nature poet who helped to coin the term 'Romanticism' in English Literature along with I.A. Richards in 1798, by the publication of 'Lyrical Ballads'. Some of the major works of William Wordsworth are:
  • Lyrical Ballads, With a Few Other Poems (1798) - Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, We are Seven, Simon Lee, Lines Written in Early Spring
  • Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems Volume 1 (1800) - Lucy Gray, Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known, She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways, Preface to the Lyrical Ballads
  • Poems, in Two Volumes (1807) - Ode: Intimations of Immortality, Daffodils, Resolution and Independence, Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, The World is Too Much With Us
Daffodils or 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud' Poem

William Wordsworth wrote Daffodils on a stormy day in spring, while walking along with his sister Dorothy near Ullswater Lake, in England. He imagined that the daffodils were dancing and invoking him to join and enjoy the breezy nature of the fields. Dorothy Wordsworth, the younger sister of William Wordsworth, found the poem so interesting that she took 'Daffodils' as the subject for her journal. The poem contains six lines in four stanzas, as an appreciation of daffodils.

Analysis of Daffodils

I wander'd lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vale 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.

Rhyming Scheme

The 'Daffodils' has a rhyming scheme throughout the poem. The rhyming scheme of the above stanza is ABAB ( A - cloud and crowd; B - hills and daffodils) and ending with a rhyming couplet CC (C - trees and breeze). The above stanza makes use of 'Enjambment' which converts the poem into a continuous flow of expressions without a pause.

Figures of Speech Used in the Poem

I wander'd lonely as a cloud - The first line makes nice use of personification and simile. The poet assumes himself to be a cloud (simile) floating in the sky. When Wordsworth says in the second line 'I' (poet as a cloud) look down at the valleys and mountains and appreciate the daffodils; it's the personification, where an inanimate object (cloud) possesses the quality of a human enabling it to see the daffodils. The line "Ten thousand saw I at a glance" is an exaggeration and a hyperbole, describing the scene of ten thousand daffodils, all together. Alliteration is the repetition of similar sounds, is applied for the word 'h', in the words - high and hills.

Title and Theme of the Poem

The title, 'Daffodils' is a simple word that reminds us about the arrival of the spring season, when the field is full of daffodils. Daffodils are yellow flowers, having an amazing shape and beautiful fragrance. A bunch of daffodils symbolize the joys and happiness of life.

The theme of the poem 'Daffodils' is a collection of human emotions inspired by nature that we may have neglected due to our busy lives. The daffodils imply beginning or rebirth for human beings, blessed with the grace of nature. The arrival of daffodils in the month of March is welcome and an enjoyable time to appreciate them!


The poem paints images of lakes, fields, trees, stars in Ullswater. Wordsworth continuously praises the daffodils, comparing them to the Milky Way galaxy (in the second stanza), their dance (in the third stanza) and in the concluding stanza, dreams to join the daffodils in their dance.

The poem uses descriptive language throughout the stanzas. The poet cannot resist himself from participating in the dance of the daffodils. The wording is simple and melodious. Isn't Daffodils, a great gift idea of William Wordsworth that celebrates happiness of nature amongst us?
Last Updated: September 22, 2011
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Thank u for giving such beautiful analysis - Priya [October 8, 2014]
Tnks ,for am now relieved - Gratias [September 10, 2014]
baba ji ka thhullu - veer [July 19, 2014]
very lovely poem - shabana [June 28, 2014]
Since memorizing 'Daffodils' in the 6th grade, I have enjoyed this poem hundreds of times... especially in the spring renaissance. 'When oft on my couch I lie', I reflect on how these words floating inside me became serendipitous seeds planted to later sprout, bloom, transforming me to be less a narcissist adolescent. With my end now in the foreseeable future, I find solace in that my ashes will float as a cloud and finally come to rest on a shore, nurturing my new family. - taketime2smell [June 19, 2014]
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Thank you for the comments . - ADMIN [April 28, 2014]
really good i used this for my students during lesson i will give 9.5 out of 10 - Loading [April 28, 2014]
i like your analysis really thoughtful however its not completed i think - Author Reply [April 28, 2014]
Thank You Great Poem William Wordsworth create another beautiful poem of nature . - ? [April 28, 2014]
really good and interesting , i will eat you balls - nickname [April 28, 2014]
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Nice poem.thanks william - Faith [April 10, 2014]
WONDERFULL AND SO LIGHT ! Thank You William, Thank YOU Daffodils - JANE [March 31, 2014]
amazing poem - Belinda Acquah [March 25, 2014]
Is amazing,so good.thank you - Elizabeth A [March 10, 2014]
its really a very beautiful poem, its so meaning full poem - pooja [February 26, 2014]
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Nice analysis - odebunmi O [January 31, 2014]
it is nice piece of work full of rhythm - evans [January 30, 2014]
You have done ur best..i really appreciate ur critical appreciation...tkankyou
Plz provide other poems of wordsworth..
- rohma mumtaz [December 22, 2013]
Wow its really a very beautiful poem, its so meaning ful poem.. - Rubiya H. [November 18, 2013]
Good analysis - sanjay garg [November 17, 2013]
This analyses isnt so bad. But its incomplete. However, as an English Literature Teacher, I found it very useful. Thanks a trillion - Gabriel Abatan [November 15, 2013]
very beautifull poem by daffodils - sugalal [October 14, 2013]
nice one and thanks but i want a recently updated one - andreu [October 6, 2013]
Sorry for previous typos: smame=SHAME
From Mad Magazine c1958... ( I still have the Mad issue)
It's a shame that no one in first year lit would even understand this parody... Where has English lit gone in the last half-century? I had read the above parody as a high-schooler, before I'd even come across the real Wordsworth.
- Tony King (aqk) [August 31, 2013]
I wandered lonely as a clod,
Just picking up old rags and bottles,
When onward on my way I plod,
I saw a host of axolotls;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
A sight to make a man’s blood freeze.

Some had handles, some were plain;
They came in blue, red pink, and green.
A few were orange in the main;
The damnedest sight I’ve ever seen.
The females gave a sprightly glance;
The male ones all wore knee-length pants.

Now oft, when on the couch I lie,
The doctor asks me what I see.
They flash upon my inward eye
And make me laugh in fiendish glee.
I find my solace then in bottles,
And I forget them axolotls.

From Mad Magazine C1958...
It's a smame that no one in first year lit would even understand this parody...
- Tony King (aqk) [August 31, 2013]
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it was an interesting poem that i have ever read in my life
but gratefully for having time to read it.
- taabeia.karawa [April 11, 2012]
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Thanks a lot to all the readers...your comments help to find out more information to add:) I am going to add and analyze reaming stanzas of Daffodils by William Wordsworth.. His surname itself words-worth, I am a big fan of him. Once again thank you. - Author's Reply [April 5, 2012]
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write more about natue - anees [February 5, 2012]
william will forever invoke emotional feelings through this simple and considerable poem. - Shalwader Jr [January 27, 2012]
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its awonderful poem I have ever seen in thistype of poem - snehasunil [July 15, 2011]
Though i've never saw no daffodils yet the descriptive nature of the poet in the poem make me think about it alot. I also noticed that the poet made use of AB, AB, CC rhyme scheme in the opening stanza. - Adesewo francis [June 22, 2011]
why such a song (rap!) but daffidels is aromantic poem - osama [June 7, 2011]
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m the big faaan of walliam...many time i participate in many kinds of poem but deffodowndilly is one of my bestest poem... - aimen alam [May 24, 2011]
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thanking you
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this poem give us the lesson of survivel in this hard and tired life
if we read this we is so beautiul its so romantic
- shamim amiri [March 29, 2011]
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wow this i really helpful .i find it so hard to see poetic devices in a poem and this article told me where the devices were and even explained what they are, thank you! - sarah [March 27, 2011]
Could you help me figure out the target audience for this poem. I need it for my Home work - Pra K [March 25, 2011]
This is very great but you guys didnt finish the poem 'daffodils' before analysis. - Alimba R [March 24, 2011]
very good helped me alot in my exams thanks - Connor [March 7, 2011]
This is great, but there are still some more analyisis about the poem which you have not yet extracted. - Megan cruise [March 4, 2011]
Used in an English assignment; very helpful indeed; first time I realized there was so much more to the poem than the beauty of its imagery. - DonC [February 20, 2011]
Nice.. its a brief description. I enjoyed reading it. - Syeed [February 20, 2011]
couldn't it be an example of pastoralism? - Eli [January 27, 2011]
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thank u - samir [January 21, 2011]
This is a great nature poem by which Words Worth draws our attention to nature and maintains there are a lot to appreciate in nature than we do. The analysis above is brief, yet all-embracing. I enjoyed reading through it. - Mr Nwichi A. [January 17, 2011]
its ok i want the summary i didnt find it here - ramya [January 2, 2011]
wordsworth travelled extensively i believe that daffodils could have been written inthe wye valley - malcolm m [December 30, 2010]
very good, as a common reader i like it. - yasabanta [December 8, 2010]
I appreciate how you elucidated the themes, analysis and the like. My heart is dancing with the daffodils in an ecstatic mood. Thank you. - Arthur Evans [December 8, 2010]
You should write about the devices used and why they are used - sanjid B [December 2, 2010]
maaarvellous - najah [December 1, 2010]
i lke this poem - nadia love faez [November 10, 2010]
Should have given more description about personification, metaphors, allegoration, refrains, nostalgias in the poem.I didnt like it. Can be further iimproved... - Nityashishtha [November 7, 2010]
I FOUND IT VERY GOOD - MADU [October 30, 2010]
i could use some more help on the other verses - Me [October 7, 2010]
awakens life in me... - annie [September 21, 2010]
its rely a nice poem. - suman [August 4, 2010]
i really love the poem its about nature - aljane [July 26, 2010]
this helped me to write my english critique on this poem
thanks! :)
- georgia [July 22, 2010]
my heart is inspired with touching words of the poem heart is bursting with immense joy and is dancing. - snowber [June 6, 2010]
It is really a nice poem. - Tonnyma Sarker [June 1, 2010]
daffoils is one of the most wonderful poem i have ever read AND I REALLY LIKE UR EXEPLANATION thank u/// - huda [May 24, 2010]
daffoils is one of the most wonderful poem i have ever read - huda [May 24, 2010]
A shot and apt appreciation and analysis. Very good. - AVINASH KULKARN [May 23, 2010]
thnx it so important for me our teacher is so stupid she doesent know how to explain for us - amira [May 19, 2010]
oh that is great and very nice thankyou thankyou very much - nadin [May 12, 2010]
I like this poem - alia [May 9, 2010]
i was taught dis in literature class nd dis is so explanatory...but what about d other 3 stanzas? - tade [April 27, 2010]
i really like the poem and i enjoy reading it - esele [April 9, 2010]
i wanted an elaborate summary of the poem daffodils - parina s [April 2, 2010]
should have more the poem. But i like to redy daffodils this poem because is make you feel about flower. - kk [March 28, 2010]
learn and amazing poem and is easy to unstand - dana [March 28, 2010]
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wow, this helped me alot! thanks - jade [February 17, 2010]
the best discotheque ever: to dance with daffodils!
the waves are so jealous that they start competing daffodils to show off to the poet,yet they are outdone mercilessly.
- Rafik romdhani [February 5, 2010]
it is very amazing - reem matter [December 30, 2009]
IT IS REALLY GOOD. - NAMS [August 16, 2009]
It should have been more - UNknown [August 16, 2009]
Hey, this is really gud daffodils, I like ur poem - John S [March 29, 2009]