Daffodils, by William Wordsworth - Audio Recording

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William Wordsworth, an English poet who served as Britain's Poet Laureate between 1843-1850, was greatly inspired by nature.

Ullswater (in England's stunningly beautiful Lake District) was the specific area which inspired his "Daffodils." 

He wrote the still-loved poem, about fields of the yellow spring flowers, at Dove Cottage (located in a hamlet, called Town End, just outside the village of Grasmere), in 1815.

Wordsworth also lived in the Lake District - at Rydal Mount - for 37 years.  His former home is open to the public.


By 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 be but 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.

Read by Carole Bos for the Classics at AwesomeStories.

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"Daffodils," by William Wordsworth.  Read by Carole Bos.


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