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Wishing it was Spring? Read this poem

The gorgeous multicoloured leaves are beginning to fade away and chestnut season is over, while the weather is getting colder and colder. We’re beginning to properly start thinking about Christmas (I actually bought some of my Christmas presents in late October!), but in this dreary gap beofre the festive season, we might need a little something to cheer us up – like this sweet spring poem. Grab a cup of hot chocolate (or whatever warm drink you like), a snack and curl up on the sofa while we head on.

These daffodils are sure to cheer anyone up.

Image by Yoksel Zok via Unsplash

The poem’s History

WIlliam Wordsworth wrote I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, which lots of people view as his best piece of work. It’s a lyric poem, which means(according to,’Lyric poetry refers to a short poem, often with songlike qualities, that expresses the speaker’s personal emotions and feelings. Historically intended to be sung and accompany musical instrumentation, lyric now describes a broad category of non-narrative poetry, including elegies, odes, and sonnets.’ He began writing it in 1904 and finished in 1907, when he published it, and later revised it in 1915. Check out this page if you want to take a look at his home or glance at this page about him and Cumbria.

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;

I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud, William Wordsworth

Without further ado, here’s the link to the full poem.

I posted this to spice up In a Nutshell’s posts, but I can clearly remember when I first saw this, and I’m sure a lot of you have already heard of it , as it isn’t so rare. In fact, the BBC Radio 4 Poll, Bookworm ranked it fifth in 1995. See you next Tuesday!

(Psst! Try some fun projects to warm up your winter if you liked this.)


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