By Heart You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?
Poetry is indeed something divine. The one poem that is serene, uplifting and peaceful for me is England’s poet Laureate William Wordsworth’s Daffodils.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’ver 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 leaves 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 dance with the daffodils.
It portrays the deep relationship between nature and human consciousness. The emotions associated with the poet in this poem is not ephemeral but rather permanent and everlasting. Nature appears alive and happy with the cloud floats on high, stars shine and twinkle, waves dance and sparkle in glee. And the beautiful daffodils are dancing in the breeze, tossing their head. The word ‘Daffodil’ reminds me about the arrival of spring and also joy and happiness of life, the inherent unity between human and nature.Whenever I feel despair or gloomy, the vision of dancing daffodils bring lots of hope in the horizon.