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Analyze Figurative Language in a Poem

Write an essay that is around 2 pages long, in which you analyze the figurative language of the following poem.

  • State which poem you chose, and explain why you chose it.
  • Identify a key metaphor, simile, or other examples of figurative language in the poem. explain why this figurative language is important to the poem's meaning.
  • Analyze the meaning of the figurative language.  Explain your analysis clearly.
  • Explain how the figurative language contributes to the tone of the poem.  For example, explain how the poet's word choices build or maintain a sense of formality or informality. Cite details to support your ideas.
  • Work has to be cited in APA format.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

By William Wordsworth

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

Outdid 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. 

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