Sunday, 15 April 2018

Wordsworth's daffodils

It was on this day in 1802 that Dorothy and William came across their 'golden host' on the shores of Ullswater, and they were splendid yesterday too. 

"Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze"

Wordsworth was walking back to Grasmere with his sister on 15th April 1802 (and on the shores of Ullswater near Gowbarrow Park) when they came across the scene that gave rise to "I wandered lonely as a Cloud...
Dorothy, describes the sight equally well when she wrote in her Journal..."We saw that there was a long belt of them along the shore, about the breadth of a country turnpike road. They grew among the mossy stones about and about them; some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness; and the rest tossed and wheeled and danced, and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind, that blew upon them over the lake; they looked so gay, ever glancing, ever changing."

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