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Style and Tone of the Passage 3(Poem)

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:

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,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.


This is a classic poem written by one of the greatest romantic poets William Wordsworth. The poem has a great lyrical element. It is apparent that the poet was not just elated by the sight of the daffodils, but he reached a different plane of ecstasy. The poet has used vivid imagery. Expressions like ‘sparkling wave of glee; A poet could not but be gay … in such a jocund company’ give us the impression that the tone of the passage is exalted or laudatory.

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