Monday, 30 July 2012


'I wandered lonely as a cloud' by William Wordsworth resonates with me, as nature is my inspiration and helps me in times of loneliness and uncertainty. The clouds this weekend were wonderful and reminded me of this poem (the only one I can remember from childhood!) which in turn gave me the idea for Illustration Friday.

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
Out-did 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.


Julia Kelly said...

That is a wonderful illustration! I'm with you - somehow looking out at nature helps me feel secure and safe!

Sarah Melling said...

What a beautiful poem you've used as inspiration. I love the contrast between the clouds and the cheerful daffodils!

Cally said...

That's so beautiful - it caught my eye immediately in the feed - and I don't think I've ever read all of that poem before but it's so beautiful too!

Amanda Dilworth said...

I love this Wordsworth poem too, great idea for the topic and love the illustration Nicky :)

Anairam said...

I love that poem - but I could only remember the first line "I wandered lonely as a cloud". What a marvellous and fitting illustration you made for it!