William Wordsworth was born in England on April 7, 1770. His love for poetry was firmly established while he was in grammar school. While a boy, both William’s mother and father died, leaving him and his four siblings orphans. This life experience, as well as a walking tour he took of Europe during college, heavily influenced his poetry. He believed that poetry should be written for the “common man”, using everyday speech. By 1805 Wordsworth wrote his most famous work, The Prelude. The poem, which Wordsworth wrote about his spiritual life, marked the birth of a new genre of poetry, English romanticism. Although Wordsworth worked on The Prelude throughout his life, the poem was published after his death on April 23, 1850.
In honor of Springtime, featured here is
William Wordsworth’s poem,
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 a sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced, but they
Outdid 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.
Poetry for Young People, William Wordsworth, an illustrated collection of nineteen popular poems by William Wordsworth. Includes an introduction to the poet’s life and work.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, a picture book based on Wordsworth’s poem, about a robot who cheers up after discovering a field of daffodils
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For your tea time treat, why not help your children make a Daffodil Cake.