'…That floats on high o'er vales and hills…' This famous poem by William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was inspired by the spring flower, the yellow or golden daffodil.

a bunch of daffodils


Do the Preparation task first. Then go to Text and read the poem or story (you can also listen to the audio while you read). Next go to Task and do the activity.

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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

by William Wordsworth

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 sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
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
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.

William Wordsworth

Task 1

After you have read the poem...

Wordsworth's poem is made up of four stanzas. Each stanza contains six lines, a quatrain followed by a couplet. The rhyming scheme is ABABCC.

In the activity below, the lines of each of the verses have been jumbled up.

Using your memory of the poem, your understanding, and the clues provided by the rhyming scheme, can you rearrange the lines into the correct order?






Am I a romantic?
Maybe.... because I empathise this famous poem. Despite the words "lonely" and "solitude", the poem doesn't sound kind of sad, nay it gives us a sense of joie de vivre. Beautiful poem!

Beneath my feet, sparkling flowers were laughing cheerfuly in the morning sun
Looking up at the sky, the white fly high crescent was mooning at me, being shoved to the distance by the glare of the sun. :)))

I love poems and writing poems here is a few poems of mine,
                                           I saw you
one day the sun hes smiled at you
you closed your eyes
i was there, too
i saw your eyes
the sun lighted your heart
i saw your heart
you didn't see me..
it was night
you looked at the stars
you lighted the night
the stars envied you
i looked at you
i looked at the stars
i saw us
i saw love

that's cool . I love english love poem. Will u send ur love poems for me ?

hello everyone

Once, I hv read this poem and I'd like to share it. The poem is :
Search for a stranger
You were not a mistake
But one the night you were born
I screamed. And later, I cried.
Alone in the darkness, no family.
or friends..... abandoned.
I held you in my arms, and right away.
It felt batural-gentle kisses falling to your face
Salty with tears, so pink and innocent.
I wondered "Will time break this connection?"
It did not.
I did not name you.
There was no time, and no point.
I whispered " I love you" and sang
Softly as the footsteps came,
Hollow and empty in the hall.
"I've changed my mind," I wanted to say.
But I was silent, and you were gone.
Prayers help, but they can't correct.
My mistake, or bring you back to me.
My heart is still breaking.
I cry without tears now.
When I see children playing
In the street or school yard.
At Christmas..... on you birthday.
So many painful anniversaries.
I buy present sometimes.
Like a small bear, In pink.
I have a room full of guilt- my heart hurts.
Twenty years after you went away.
I believe that I will give them to you someday.
I dream of you.
Ask myself if you are married yet, have children,
Are you studying hard?
I'ts time to begin the voyage
To search for the stranger I know so well.
                                                                     - Anonymous

A Five-Minute Affair
               I met a girl today;
               Or rather our eyes did
               And lingered together across a crowded bar.
               And though not a word was spoken or said,
               Our unthought thoughts were easily read.
               Eyes searched eyes,
               Through smoke-filled dim light,
               Holding fast their gaze with a passion.
               And though not a word was said or spoken,
               I dared not look away lest the spell be broken.
               A girl of fields and forests,
               She seemed to me,
               Of dew-dropped flowers in a meadow.
               And though not a sound passed from our lips,
               We stared, as lovers, between two passing ships.
               Dark was her hair,
               Darker still were her eyes;
               Enthralling, entrancing, engaging.
               And though her lips passed not a sound,
               We spent that moment; eternally bound.
               The juke-box blare,
               The pool balls’ clunks,
               Even happy, laughing voices went unnoticed.
               For whilst nothing was uttered and nothing was heard,
               Heart strings fluttered like fluttering birds.
               Then it was over,
               For with a friends gentle prod,
               She finished up her drink and was gone.
               And though it was nothing, nothing at all,
               I leant back empty, alone on my stool.
                                               Phil Newman.  2002

can someone tell me how can I do to upload some material in this site? Is it possible? 

Hi Emma,
What sort of material would you like to upload? Do you mean English learning material that you wrote or something else?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team