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Clouds and Daffodils: Visual Images and the Writing Process

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


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Head of Lower School & Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Louisville Collegiate School

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