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Wordsworth Daffodils

The sight of Daffodils in the Lake District conjures up, for most of us, the first lines of William Wordsworth's Daffodils poem 'I wandered lonely as a cloud'.

Daffodils Poem - William Wordsworth

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.


William Wordsworth's Daffodils Poem


William Wordsworth's Poems

Incredible to imagine then that when this collection of William Wordsworth's poems was first published it wasn't well received.

The Wordsworth's Daffodil Poem is now so famous that it is taught in many English Literature classes in High Schools across the world.

Go here to compare both versions of the Wordsworth Daffodils Poems


Finding the Daffodils of William Wordsworth

Do you want to find the Wordsworth's Daffodils? His sister Dorothy Wordsworth wrote about the Daffodils, that she and William saw on their walk in Gowbarrow Park on the shores of Ullswater and it is these daffodils that are thought to have influenced William to write his Poem.

wordsworth daffodilsCultivated daffodils line the roads of many Lakeland villages in spring, particularly in southern Cumbria around Levens and Underbarrow and Crook. Although these differ greatly from the wild daffodils, they are still a joy to see and are a real attraction, especially when they bank a field of newly born lambs. Surely England at its best?

Dora's Field, Rydal

Personally, I have found wild daffodils to be more abundant in southern Cumbria. Indeed right on the edge of Cumbria, just south of Kendal Brigsteer Woods is an excellent spot to see them growing wild.

Dora's field (see photograph right), which once belonged to Dorothy and William, is in Rydal between Grasmere and Ambleside and now belongs to the National Trust, it was planted with daffodils, in memory of their daughter Dora.

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Daffodil Day in Cockermouth

Poet Laureate Wordsworth was born in April, around the time that daffodils are at their best in Cumbria, in the lovely north easterly Cumbrian town of Cockermouth. Cockermouth are planning a celebration of William Wordsworth's life on April 2nd 2016. The day will include floral displays, poetry readings and choral music. Full details of the day can be found here.




Wordsworth's Daffodils at Brockhole

How about this for a sea of golden daffodils. Brockhole Visit... on TwitpicPhotographed at Brockhole by Chris Shaw 25 March 2011


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