What Is The Meaning Of, 'I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud'?


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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud is a lyric poem by the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth. 

What Does The Poem Mean?
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud doesn’t mean anything, as such - it’s more of a contemplation on the beauty of the world.

The poem was inspired by a walk that Wordsworth went on with his sister, Dorothy. The pair came across a patch of daffodils whilst walking in the Lake District, and were both overcome by the beauty of the scene.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud as a Romantic Poem
As a Romantic, Wordsworth was a great believer in the sublime beauty of nature. This is obvious in his poem from the way he personifies - or gives human qualities to - the daffodils.

For example, the daffodils are described as "tossing their heads" and "dancing in the breeze", which makes them seem more than just flowers. The reader is invited to see the daffodils in the same way that Wordsworth does - as sublime, beautiful, living things.

Even the title, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, uses a simile to show how Wordsworth feels at one with the natural world.

Essentially, the poem describes Wordsworth’s joy and awe at stumbling upon something so beautiful and sublime.

It’s almost as if, for the time he was among the daffodils, Wordsworth was connected to nature, and felt spiritually united with the world around him.
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Anonymous answered
I believe that the meaning of "I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud" is that one does not have to be with someone to be with something.

In other words, things like animals and plants are good company. Wordsworth is trying to say that a simple, usually-ignored thing can be quite beautiful if you look at it the right way.
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Cloud oye answered

It is like to be without someone.

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