Poetry

Poetry Friday: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud – William Wordsworth

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Maybe you saw the book review I posted on Tuesday. It was for ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed. While reading it, I kept thinking back to a great holiday I went on four years ago. My husband and I were childless (I was two months pregnant with our daughter) and we decided to go walking in the Lake District.

Well, I can tell you… It’s one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. I loved every second of it. This poem is forever connected to that trip.

And especially that last part “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.”
Yup, that’s me. Lying on my couch, listening to music or reading a book like Wild, it makes me think back and relive the freedom and happiness I felt there. (lying on my couch makes me insanely happy as well 😉 )

About the poem:
The inspiration for the poem came from a walk Wordsworth took with his sister Dorothy around Glencoyne Bay, Ullswater, in the Lake District. He would draw on this to compose “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” in 1804, inspired by Dorothy’s journal entry describing the walk.

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