I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
1. A Change of Mood
Imitate the first verse of this poem and write four lines or a paragraph that opens with a simile describing how you once felt and what you saw that changed your mood. Open with the words, " I wandered [lonely as? happy as? silly as?]..."
2. Journal and Poem
Write at least one paragraph comparing Dorothy Wordsworth's journal entry (below) with "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud." Before you write, identify the similarities and differences between the two accounts. For your comparison, consider the details and the figurative language in the poem and in the journal entry.
I Never Saw Daffodils So Beautiful
April 15, 1802: . . . The wind seized our breath. The lake was rough. There was a boat by itself floating in the middle of the bay below Water Millock. We rested again in the Water Millock Lane. The hawthorns are black and green, the birches here and there greenish, but there is yet more of purple to be seen on the twigs. We got over into a field to avoid some cows—people working. A few primroses by the roadside—wood sorrel flower, the anemone, scentless violets, strawberries, and that starry, yellow flower which Mrs. C. calls pile wort. When we were in the woods beyond Gowbarrow Park, we saw a few daffodils close to the waterside. We fancied that the lake had floated the seeds ashore, and that the little colony had so sprung up. But as we went along there were more and yet more; and at last, under the boughs of the trees, we saw that there was a long belt of them along the shore, about the breadth of a country turnpike road. I never saw daffodils so beautiful. They grew along the mossy stones about and about them; some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness; and the rest tossed and reeled and danced, and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the lake, they looked so gay, ever glancing, ever changing. This wind blew directly over the lake to them. There was here and there a little knot, and a few stragglers a few yards higher up; but they were so few as not to disturb the simplicity, unity, and life of that one busy highway. We rested again and again. The bays were stormy, and we heard the waves at different distances, and in the middle of the water. Rain came on—we were wet when we reached Luff’s. . . .
3. Vivid Descriptions
Remember when you saw some scene that made a big impression on you: the earth from a plane window, the ocean, the desert, a city blackout, a mountain peak, snow blanketing city streets? Close your eyes and be there again. Then write a description of the scene you visualized. Ask yourself, What time of year is it? Is anybody with you? Do you speak? Do you smell anything? hear anything? Why do you remember the scene so well? Your answers will help you add details to your descriptions.
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