William Wordsworth who born in 1770 was a major English Romantic poet With Samuel Taylor Coleridge,he helped to launch the Romantic
Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publicationLyrical
Ballads.Wordsworth was a defining member of the English Romantic Movement. Like other Romantics, Wordsworth’s personality and poetry were deeply influenced by his love of nature, especially by the sights and scenes of the Lake Country, in which he spent most of his mature life. A profoundly earnest and sincere thinker, he displayed a high seriousness tempered with tenderness and a love of simplicity.
As the representative poet of the early romanticism and a great poet of nature, William Wordsworth was the first to find words for the most elementary sensations of man face to face with natural phenomena. These sensations are universal and old but, once expressed in his poetry, become charmingly beautiful and new. His deep love for nature runs through short lyrics such as “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”
“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”is a poem about nature. With his pure and poetic lan
guage, Wordsworth brings us into a beautiful world where there are daffodils, trees and breeze. We follow the poet at every turn of his feelings. We share his melancholy(忧
郁)when he “wandered lonely as a cloud” and his delight the moment his heart “with plea
sure fills ”. We come to realize the great power of nature that may influence our life deeply as revealed in the poem.
Through describing a scene of joyful daffodils recollected in memory, the poet hopes
to put illustrate his theory of poetic inspiration ---“spontaneous overflow of powerful feel
ings, which originates in emotion recollected in tranquility”
What’s more, Wordsworth goes further to communicate his emotion and meaning by his thoughtful tone. The choose of the word “lonely” in “I wandered lonely as a cloud” instead of other words like carefree, leisure or jolly convey to us the poet’s depression and disconsolateness at the very beginning. But as he catches sight of daffodils stretching as far as the eyes can see and finds himself in the midst of nature, his loneliness turns into relaxation and joy. Thus
the shift of the poet’s mood from sadness to happiness manifests the theme ---
the great influence of nature upon human being.
1.what is the relation between the poet and nature as described in the poem?
2.do you think nature can have healing effect on mind?
he use the matapher to put himself to be a floating cloud in the sky viewing those beautiful flowers from the angle of a cloud.
my answer will be yes. the nature stimulate the mind of author and give him relaxing and satifatory feeling.