- 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.
I first heard this poem in one of my classes in college. I believe that it was the "Drama in Education" class that also included Puppetry and Storytelling. That class, along with the "Music in Education" "Rhythm and Dance" and "Children's Literature" was one of the most valuable classes I took at BYU based on how much I've used the information since. It was in that class that I first told the story of Prince Ivan and the Frog Princess, and learned some good techniques for keeping an audience. I also made a set of Peter and the Wolf puppets, and my cute little Hedgehog puppet. This particular assignment was to pick a poem, and read it to the class using techniques of Oral Interpretation. Somebody else picked this poem, and it stuck with me. I put the last stanza on one of the stickies that made my desktop wallpaper at the time.