“I wandered lonely as a cloud” William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er valleies and hills.
When all at one time I saw a crowd.
A host. of aureate Narcissus pseudonarcissuss ;
Beside the lake. beneath the trees. 5
Fliting and dancing in the zephyr.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And flash on the milklike manner.
They stretched in ceaseless line
Along the border of a bay:10
Ten thousand proverb I at a glimpse.
Fliping their caputs in sprightly dance.
The moving ridges beside them danced ; but they
Out-did the scintillating moving ridges in hilarity:
A poet could non but be gay. 15
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but small idea
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For frequently. when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in brooding temper. 20
They flash upon that inward oculus
Which is the cloud nine of purdah ;
And so my bosom with pleasance fills.
And dances with the Narcissus pseudonarcissuss.
The talker says that. rolling like a cloud drifting above hills and vales. he encountered a field of Narcissus pseudonarcissuss beside a lake. The dance. fliting flowers stretched infinitely along the shore. and though the moving ridges of the lake danced beside the flowers. the Narcissus pseudonarcissuss outdid the H2O in hilarity. The talker says that a poet could non assist but be happy in such a joyful company of flowers. He says that he stared and stared. but did non recognize what wealth the scene would convey him. For now. whenever he feels “vacant” or “pensive. ” the memory flashes upon “that inward oculus / That is the cloud nine of purdah. ” and his bosom fills with pleasance. “and dances with the Narcissus pseudonarcissuss. ”
1. What figure of is found in lines 1 and 7? Which two things are being compared in each instance?
2. Quote TWO VERBS from stanza 1 which describe the motion of the Narcissus pseudonarcissuss.
3. What temper is created by the words mentioned in inquiries 2?
4. What is the poet stating about the Narcissus pseudonarcissuss when comparing them to the stars in the Milky Way?
5. Which figure of address is apparent in line 12 – “Tossing their caputs in sprightly dance” ?
6. What consequence do the moving ridges and Narcissus pseudonarcissuss have on the poet in stanza 3?
7. Remark on the repeat of the word “gazed” in line 17.
8. Does the poet use the word “wealth” literally of figuratively in line 18? Give a ground for your reply.
9. What is the “inward eye” mentioned in line 21?
10. What consequence does the memory of the Narcissus pseudonarcissuss have on the poet?
2. perfect felicity ( stanza 4 )
4. vales ( stanza 1 )
6. a contraction of the word
“over” ( stanza 1 )
7. wealths ( stanza 3 )
8. jovial. merry. lighthearted
( stanza 3 )
9. in a lively and vigorous manner
( stanza 2 )
10. the border ( stanza 2 )
12. a superb yellow flower
( stanza 1 )
1. to look briefly ( stanza 2 )
3. province of being alone ( stanza 4 )
4. non occupied. empty ( stanza 4 )
5. looking thoughtful ( stanza 4 )
10. the galaxy in which the Earth
is located ( stanza 2 )
11. a big figure of points
( stanza1 )