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Poetry Game: Daffodils by William Wordsworth

This means to go from place to place without a special reason, purpose, or direction.

This means “Often”.

This means a large number of people or things.

“but they out-did the sparkling waves in glee”
This means that the daffodils danced more and seemed even happier than the waves in the water.

These are yellow spring flowers.

“lonely as a cloud”
This is an example of a simile.

This word means jolly or cheerful.

“In vacant or in pensive mood.”
This means in a quiet and thoughtful mood.

“They flash upon the
inward eye
Which is the bliss of
This means that when the poet is sitting quietly, the sight of the daffodils flashes into his memory.

This is an adjective describing the waves which shine and flash in the light.

“I gazed -and gazed- but
little thought
What wealth to me the
show had brought.”
Here the poet means that he did not realize the sight of the daffodils would mean so much to him or give him so much pleasure to remember.

“milky way”
This is what we call the shining band of stars in our galaxy.

“And then my heart
with pleasure fills
And dances with the
This is an example of a rhyming couplet.

“Tossing their heads
in sprightly dance.
This is an example of personification – when an object is given human characteristics.

“Fluttering and dancing.”
These are two action words -verbs- indicating the movement of the flowers in the wind.

This poem has a rhyme scheme which means that many of its lines end in words that have a similar or even the same sound.


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