by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Welcome to our second Poetry Friday. Every Friday of this month, in honor of National Poetry Month, a staff member will choose a poem that is a particular favorite. This week we present a selection from Leslie. Also, don’t forget that we are having a friendly competition this month where you can submit your own poems. Click here to learn all the details
I had to memorize this poem as a young schoolgirl and have loved it ever since. I think of it every year at Spring time when the daffodils bloom – right now! It is the perfect length for memorization: not too long and not too short. Challenge yourself and see if you can memorize it and then impress your friends and relatives.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—-and gazed—-but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
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;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
For the more aural poem enthusiast, enjoy this reading by a celebrated poem enthusiast.