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Wordsworth begins his extended metaphor in the third line of the poem with his speaker saying I saw a crowd a host of golden daffodils that were fluttering and dancing in the breeze line 6 The speaker is attributing to these daffodils human qualities their forming a crowd and their dancing That the speaker has wandered lonely as a cloud 1 introduces the speaker as one content to be apart from other people The speaker admits that he enjoys his being apart from other men when he speaks of himself as a peaceful cloud that floats on high oer vales and hills 1 The image of a cloud floating is tranquil and suggests that the speaker is pleased to be drifting alone The speakers satisfaction with his state is reinforced by the triumphant phrase on high oer vales and hills which suggests the speaker is closer to heaven than his fellow men This speaker lonely among men revels in his meeting with the jocund company 16 of the daffodils he finds He shows us the daffodils as they were tossing their heads in a sprightly dance 12 -- a liveliness the speaker is apparently unable to find in his solitude as a man Contrasting the daffodils to the power of the waters of a bay the speaker says that the flowers Outdid the sparkling waters in glee 14 In nature only the daffodils are of such beauty that the narrator can project onto them the happy feelings he longs to have When the speaker looks back at his encounter with the daffodils it is when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood 19-20 Returned to the industrialized world the speaker is vacant of the joy he found in nature -- especially the joy he saw in the daffodils So he recalls the daffodil flowers And then my heart with pleasure fills And dances with the daffodils 23-24 The
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