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One of my favorite poets is William Wordsworth, and his poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, was a particular favorite. I love the images of “a dancing breeze, trees and hills, and what I can only imagine is a field of beautiful daffodils. When I saw this photo, I immediately thought about this poem. The photo also took me back to a childhood full of outdoor fun and lots of time spent thinking and enjoying the clouds and those lovely daffodils.
I love using visual images to inspire student writing. As you begin the school year, think about a creative writing exercise where photos might be used to inspire the writing process for young writers. tlb
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.
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.
Excerpt from “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” William Wordsworth