Friday, 12 February 2016

Daffodils by William Wordsworth


Last week we went to Lewes and whilst there came across this lovely bunch of daffodils in one of the parks. The sun was shining and these beautiful daffodils were sparkling! I haven't edited the photo I've included here so you can see how bright they actually looked that morning! Our eyes were drawn to them and even toddler bent down to smell them. These are the first daffodils we've seen in full bloom and there is something special and so vibrant about them, popping out amongst the cold crisp days of February. Later, when I put a photo on Instagram someone mentioned the Wordsworth poem. I don't think I had ever read it before and it captured our moment perfectly. Whenever I read it I'm reminded of that beautiful morning. So, I've decided to include it here. I hope you enjoy it!


Daffodils by William Wordsworth

I wander'd 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 stretch'd 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.


Have you seen any daffodils lately? Can you relate to the poem?

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10 comments

  1. We have a sea of daffodils on the farm at the moment and as of Monday I will looking at the same daffodils as you here in the park in Lewes as we are up visiting family for half term. What a great poem and perfect to reflect on after a sunny morning in the park. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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  2. Oh I love dafffodils, they can't help to cheer you up. We have whole fields of them in Jersey at the moment and they are the perfect tonic on a grey day to see a field of yellow :-) #countrykids

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  3. I love that poem and always think of it whenever I see daffodils this time of year. They're such lovely bright cheerful flowers - just like a little patch of sunshine by themselves :-)

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  4. Daffodils are my favourite! They are such a 'happy' flower. This is a beautiful picture that really shows them off #countrykids

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  5. I love daffodils, they're so bright and happy. They never fail to make me smile. My children love them too so I planted some bulbs in our garden last year, most of them are now open and they were so excited to see them. I've read that poem before, many years ago now, and loved it. I'd forgotten about it until I saw your post, thanks for posting it.
    #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  6. I love daffodils, especially when you come across them in huge drifts like this. It's the promise that spring is almost here I think! Not read the poem in ages, thanks for sharing :)

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  7. This is so lovely! I have also just been photographing daffodils too. These do bring such joy with them don't they. I love their bright colours and it tells me spring is on its way. I love the poem and how you can dance with it. Such joy! Thank you very much for linking up with #FabFridayPost. - now let me find these daffodils photos of my and I'll put them on my IG too. :) x

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  8. I love the blousy bright yellowness of daffodils and never tire of seeing them. I planted bulbs in front of the gite last year and they are just starting to flower. I hope in years to come they will grow to Wordsworth-esq drifts :)

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  9. I love daffodils, it's such a great sight when they finally come up after the long winter. I didn't know the poem, thank you for sharing!

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  10. I've been seeing a lot of flowers at Gardens by the Bay here in Singapore. Not sure if any of them were daffodils! I'm really bad at recognising flowers.

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