I wandered lonely as a cloud by fdh56iuoui

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									W. Wordsworth

                              "I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD"

              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;
          5   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
       10     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*:
       15     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
       20     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.
                                                                       1804.

wander= walk slowly
host= large number
fluttering= waving, moving fast up and down like the wings of a bird
twinkle= appear and disappear very fast
tossing= turning and moving without stopping
sprightly= gay and lively
out-did...in glee= excelled....in joy
gazed= looked for a long time
oft= often
couch= sofa
vacant....mood= without a thought in his head
inward= interior, spiritual
bliss= extreme happiness


(NB: per far trovare agli studenti subito lo schema della rima, si
possono togliere alcune delle parole finali e darle in “scrambled order”.
La poesia può essere ascoltata da un’audiocassetta o dalla voce
dell’insegnante)
Worksheet

1. Read the poem and say what it is about.
2. The word “dance” is repeated throughout the poem: who/what is it referred to?

    Dance:         1. ........................

                   2..........................

                   3.........................

         What idea does it suggest?

3. Find and underline in the text all the words expressing the idea of joy. Why does the poet insist on joy?
Who/what is joyful?

     Joyful: 1..........................

                  2..........................

                  3...........................

     What kind of relationship is there between the three of them?

3. Wordsworth writes about the beauty of nature. What words/phrases in the poem suggest this idea?
   What kind of relation is suggested as existing between nature and the poet? To describe it, choose some
   adjectives from the list below:

                Spontaneous               intense         sympathetic         responsive   joyful   emotional

4. The fourth stanza presents a new situation. Complete the following chart:

    Setting: ..............................................................

    Mood:.................................................................

    Memory:.............................................................

    Emotion:............................................................

5. Complete the following passage with the following words:

    Daffodils – waves – dance – solitude – happy – nothing – romantic – communion – pleasure – poem –
    recorded – time – recollected – intensely – emotion


    In this poem Wordsworth was in the typical.............................. state of ............................ when he came
    across a multitude of....................... They seemed...........................that even the .................
    could not compete with their ..................................... The poet was pleased but could do............
    except look at them ...........................
    Some........................... passed and one day the poet, at home, ............................the episode of the
    daffodils in his solitude. At that point he felt a great ...................................of ...............................
    and was in perfect ................................ with the flowers. As a result, he................................ his
    experience in the form of a ...........................................

								
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