A Critical Summary of Daffodils by William Wordsworth

"Daffodils" is a wonderful poem gleaned by the pen of William Wordsworth, a great romantic poet that always found something in the company of Nature either for delight or even for nourishment of human soul. Wordsworth, as we all know him for, is considered the greatest romantic poet that used to describe Nature in its very essence and shape. Daffodils, a splendid manifestation of Natural beauty, not only astound but also enslave the thought pattern of the poet.

Wordsworth relates that he had the craze of enjoying the company of Nature, so on one such occasion while he was roaming about a lake, he found a "host of golden daffodils". The daffodils were moving with the wind. They were growing besides a lake. And the setting of the scene inspired the poet to the extent that he was lost in the beauty and appealing fascination of the daffodils.

Wordsworth then goes on to compare these dancing flowers, daffodils, to the twinkling stars that appear at night in, far in the Milky Way. Probably, he wishes to create a resemblance of the way the stars attract us and the impression of the daffodils on the poet's first sight. The poet was almost shocked to find such a wonderful host of daffodils as we are amazed to see numerous stars shining in the sky. The poet also wishes us to notice that the flowers' movement is no lesser beautiful than the twinkling of the stars that capture our sight.

The clear white water of the lake appears to be the Milky Way whereas the number of stars a person can see in a sight is ten thousand so, there were daffodils in such a big number that the poet could say "ten thousand saw I at a glance". Wordsworth then goes on to compare those daffodils to the moving water and waves of the lake. He declares that the beauty of the dancing daffodils clearly eclipsed the beauty of entire Nature around them. The poet finds himself lucky to have viewed the scene:

"I gazed-and gazed-but little thought
what wealth the show to me had brought:"