Ode to Spring

When I was a junior in high school, we had to read quite a bit of poetry in English class. I didn’t mind–I was a bit of a day dreamer, so poetry often helped to put the pictures in my mind so I could escape the sometimes dull days of school–especially when the weather outside was warming up. So, today something a bit different. I first read this poem in that very high school English class and it has remained one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy this ‘ode to Spring.’

I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
          That floats on high o'er vales 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.

          Continuous as the stars that shine
          And twinkle on the milky way,
          They stretched in never-ending line
          Along the margin of a bay:                                  10
          Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
          Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

          The waves beside them danced; but they
          Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
          A poet could not but be gay,
          In such a jocund company:
          I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
          What wealth the show to me had brought:

          For oft, when on my couch I lie
          In vacant or in pensive mood,                               20
          They flash upon that inward eye
          Which is the bliss of solitude;
          And then my heart with pleasure fills,
          And dances with the daffodils.
                      ~ William Wordsworth, 1804.

3 thoughts on “Ode to Spring

  1. This poem has always been one of my favorites. I remember reciting it in school from memory. Back in my day we had to memorize poems. Brings back memories of years gone by. Love, Mom

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