Daffodils (Poem by William Wordsworth)
About the poem
A. Read to understand
Choose the correct options.
The first stanza of the poem tells us that
was looking for a companion to end his
was searching for the place where daffodils
grew in plenty.
was moving about without any
sense of purpose or direction.
In this poem, what does the poet compare
the daffodils to?
i. clouds ii. waves iii. stars
What accompanied the daffodils while they
danced in the breeze?
the leaves of the trees ii. The waves in the lake
iii. The stars in the sky
In the third stanza, ‘wealth’ most probably
a large company of friends.
an interesting way to pass the time.
an abundance of joyful
In the last stanza, the ‘inward eye’ most
probably refers to the part of our mind that
helps us solve complex problems.
helps us recall thoughts and
helps us understand what is right and
Answer the following questions.
Where does the poet see the daffodils?
saw the daffodils beside the lake and beneath the trees.
What does the ‘jocund company’ consist of?
‘jocund company’ consists of daffodils, clouds, stars, breeze, vales, waves,
hills and lakes.
What cheers the poet when he is sad or
worried about something?
memory of the dancing daffodils cheers the poet when he is sad or worried about
Do you think we get greater joy when we recall a happy event than when we
actually experience it? For example, when would you be happier – when you
celebrate your birthday with your best friends or later when you think about
the celebration? Give a reason for your answer.
Ans. I would be happier later when I think about the celebration
because the most valuable things we own are our best memories. Good memories
are the gift that keeps on giving. They make us smile, feel proud, and re-experience
the pleasure of past. (Answer will vary)
Share with the class some happy incidents whose memories fill your heart with
pleasure whenever you think about them.
Ans. Our school trip to Nainital. (Answer will vary)
C. Read to appreciate
simile makes use of the words like or as to compare contrasting things.
these lines from the poem.
I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and
these lines, the poet compares his aimless wandering to the movement of a cloud
in the sky.
is an example of a simile.
Find another example of a simile in the poem.
Ans. Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the
Choose suitable similes to complete the following sentences.
You shouldn’t have a problem answering
this. The solution is
i. as flat as a pancake. ii. as
clear as daylight.
She was uncomfortable going up on stage.
i. like a knife through hot butter. ii. like a bug
under a magnifying glass.
During weekdays, she juggles between
attending school, tennis practice, and music lessons.
i. as busy as a
bee. ii. as different as chalk from
He did not dare disturb his sister when she
was in a bad mood. It was
i. like playing
with fire. ii. like lighting a candle to the sun.
The captain did not show any signs of worry
when the opposition got off to a brilliant start. As usual, he was
i. as quick as a wink. ii. as cool as a