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Middle & High School - Reading Comprehension
2.12 Daffodils by William Wordsworth

I WANDER'D 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 stretch'd 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 gazedóand gazedóbut 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.

Q 1: What do you think the author is saying about life and nature?
Nature is more powerful than human existence.
Life and nature are natural enemies.
Life and nature cannot always live in harmony.
Man and nature are equal, an by experiencing nature, man can more richly enjoy his life.

Q 2: What do you think the rain represents?
Man running from nature.
Clouds and darkness.
The sadness of life.
Harshness.

Q 3: How does the poem begin?
With someone who is really physically lost.
With someone trying to find someone.
With someone looking for something.
With someone wandering.

Q 4: By the third stanza, the poet is gay (happy). Why?
Because he is enjoying nature as he opens his mind to its beauty.
Because he is no longer lost.
Because he thinks everything has turned silly.
Because he has found what he was looking for.

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