The Daffodils by William Wordsworth – Summary

Stanza by stanza summary

William Wordsworth was an avid observer of nature. In this poem, he describes the impression a cluster of daffodil flowers created in his mind when he saw them while taking a stroll beside a lake hemmed by some trees.

Stanza 1 ..

The beauty of the daffodils lifted his mind and his spirit. His imagination and his poetic instincts came to the fore. He could see himself as a cloud floating past the golden-coloured daffodils on the ground where some trees stood beside a lake. The flowers were swaying in the breeze. This gentle movement enhanced their attraction.

Stanza 2..

The daffodils were numerous in number. They seemed to stretch in an endless line. The poet felt as if they were like the twinkling stars in the Milky Way. Clearly, the poet has been profoundly enchanted by the daffodils’ beauty, accentuated by their alternating swaying movements. The flowers, appearing full of life and beauty, have un-fettered the poetic imagination of Wordsworth.

Stanza 3..

The waves in the lake swayed too, pushed by the breeze. But the beauty of the daffodils was far more enchanting than that of the waves. The poet could not take his eyes off the golden daffodils. He remained enthralled by their beauty. He began to wonder what a great bounty of nature he had stumbled upon.

Stanza 4..

This pleasant encounter with the daffodils by the lake remained dormant in the poet’s sub-conscious mind. When he was lonely or his spirits were low, the memory of his encounter with the daffodils would surface, plunging his mind with immense pleasure. Thus, the scene remained as a priceless treasure and an in-exhaustible source of joy for the poet.

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44 Responses

  1. gopika menon says:

    pls include the whole summery of poem rather than stanza analysis

  2. deepu pious says:

    plz include whole summary

  3. Maria says:

    This is great! It me understand this poem way better!

  4. Huda says:

    Omg this is amazing! It made me understand the poem way better…And good choice of words…!

  5. safoora says:

    please include paraphrasing of poems

  6. Scholastica says:

    In the last line of the 2nd stanza the spelling of Wordsworth is incorrect the s after d is missing.

  7. om mane says:

    By this explanation of poem I understood the meaning of the poem.
    This is very nice poem by william Wordsworth……….

  8. R C jakhar says:

    Mention the literary devices used in the poem

  9. shahzaman says:

    It’s fantabulus

  10. priyanka says:

    The summary was well good 👌👌but the words used to write summary were tough for the for the students to understand the poem. ….All the words in any summary should be well used and also should be easy enough

  11. nora says:

    Thanks. This made my work simple.

  12. Disha Gogoi says:

    Thanks for these stanza analysis. It helped me a lot in doing my alternate english homework.

  13. syed akram hasib says:

    it’s awesome….

  14. Asma says:

    its great i like it

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  16. shivraj says:

    this is not a big summary

  17. King Dharma says:

    Nice written bro

  18. laxmin says:

    Fantastic summary for the poem daffodils.😍 liked it very much.Thanks……

  19. Naqi says:

    No one has written the paraphrasing of the poem.We have a long debate over here about it.Some say, paraphrasing should be written in third person singular while others argue that it should be written in the prrson in which the poem is.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Frankly, I have no idea as I am a novice in English literature. I didn’t study English beyond my junior college level.

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