That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;’
At this time of the year, in Britain, it is easy to see crowds, or hosts of daffodils. Daffodils are completely yellow; not to be confused with the narcissus, which is yellow on the outside of the flower, and a more orange colour in the centre. Daffodils are the larger of the two.
‘Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze .’
If I look out of my window, I can see hundreds of daffodils, in the park. You can see them along roadsides, in old churchyards, on the traffic roundabouts: almost everywhere.
‘Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:’
I’ve loved the daffodils since my childhood. They tell me that Spring has arrived, and they never look unhappy. And then, this wonderful poem by William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) comes automatically into my mind.
‘Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.’
Dear reader, it would be wonderful for me, if I could think that you might enjoy this poem with me, especially at this time of the year, so I will complete the last two verses of it:
‘The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee (happiness):
A poet could not but be gay (happy),
In such a jocund (happy) 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.’
I have put the meanings of three words in brackets, as a help to you. But I think, you yourself should find any other meanings which are not already clear. In this way, my private hope is that you will learn this poem by heart, so that it will increase your standard of English, and like with me, when Spring comes and you see some daffodils, it will put spring into your step!