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William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy were so close that not only did they live together for the majority of their lives but also they each considered the other to be his or her closest confidante and inspiration Like Wordsworth and his other close associate Samuel Taylor Coleridge the relationship between William and Dorothy can be seen in each of their literary works This is no more evident than in Williams I wandered lonely as a cloud and Dorothys April 15 1802 published journal entry Both of these works describe a field of daffodils one in poetry one in proseThe similarities between the two depictions of Dorothys experience are not difficult to see For instance the subject matter the basic course of events and some word choices in the two renderings are identical However when one looks closer at these two works the smaller less obvious similarities become noticeable For example both Dorothy and William refer to the daffodils as dancing in the wind Williams daffodils dancing in the breeze while Dorothys danced and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them Norton 186 293-294 Also both describe the heads of the daffodils instead of say the tops or buds The difference in this is however that Dorothy Wordsworth has her daffodils rest ing their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness Norton 293 while William Wordsworth in a quite different vein has his daffodils Tossing their heads in a sprightly dance which is also another reference to the dancing of the daffodils Norton 186 As for which rendition of this minor event I prefer I must say that I find Dorothy Wordsworths description much better She seems to speak more to me her story has more truth in it than I feel is in Williams I suppose that beyond this experience belonging to Dorothy poetry is more confusing from the outset to anyone because one has
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