Wordsworth : Daffodils a case study of
his Poetic Diction
• Smt. S.B.Gardi Department of English
• M. K. Bhavnagar University
• Presentation Sub: Wordsworth : Daffodils a case
study of his Poetic Diction
• Presenter : Drashti Dave V.
• Paper no: 3 : Literary Criticism
• Roll no: 09
• M.A. Sem.1
• Year : 2013
Defination of poetry :
• Wordsworth in his preface, gave defination of
poetry in twice first he says, “Spontaneous
overflow of powerful feeling” after he adds
“emotion recollected in tranquility”
• Preface is known as advertisement.
• Wordsworth discussed the role of poetry itself,
the individual ‘sensitive’.
• Poetry is the instrument for the propagation of
Three main principle of Wordsworth ‘s poetic diction:
i. The language of poetry should be the
language ‘really used by man’. i.e. vernacular
ii. The poet should give the colour of his
iii. There is no difference between the words
used in prose and in poetry. Words which
can be used in prose can find places in
poetry and vice-versa.
• Poem starts with I wondered…..
• This is a lyrical poem by Wordsworth.
• In the first stanza writer says that floating above
hills and valleys, he encountered a field of
daffodils beside a lake.
• Poet imagine that daffodils are ‘fluttering and
dancing in the breeze’. Here daffodils are
continually personified as human beings.
• Poet further imagine that, it is look like milky
• A poet could not help but be happy in such a
joyful company of flowers.
• In last two stanza poet imagine that;
• whenever he feels “vacant” or “pensive,” the
memory flashes upon “that inward eye / That is
the bliss of solitude,” and his heart fills with
pleasure, “and dances with the daffodils.”
• This is last line of poem.
• Poet focus on unity between man and nature.
• Wordsworth state that: the poems in the
collection were intended as a deliberate
experiment in style and subject matter.
Form of the poem :
• Four stanza of the poem in each stanza six lines.
• Rhyme Scheme of the poem is ABABCC.
• The plot is extremely simple. Subjects of nature
• First three stanza are written in past & last forth
stanza written in present.
• Poem is full of imaginative work. William
Wordsworth beautifully describes , the memory
of which pleases him and comforts him when he
• At the end Wordsworth builds up to his
declaration that poetry conveys truth.
• He insists that his poems are written in “selection
of language of man in a state of vivid sensation.”
• Wordsworth’s Daffodils is simple a poem & the
subject imply Nature and Memory.
• Wordsworth’ s poem Daffodils is a combination
of Nature, Past & present Memory, &