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This week is Loneliness Awareness week which runs from 18th to 22nd June. Here is  perhaps one of the most famous poems to mark it.

Golden Daffodils

Photo by Helen Armet

 

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud (Daffodils)

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.

By William Wordsworth

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  1. To me, this is the loneliest of poems – John Clare wrote this when incarcerated in Northampton General Lunatic Asylum in 1844/45.

    I Am! – By John Clare

    I am—yet what I am none cares or knows;
    My friends forsake me like a memory lost:
    I am the self-consumer of my woes—
    They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
    Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes

    And yet I am, and live—like vapours tossed
    Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
    Into the living sea of waking dreams,
    Where there is neither sense of life or joys,
    But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems;

    Even the dearest that I loved the best
    Are strange—nay, rather, stranger than the rest.
    I long for scenes where man hath never trod
    A place where woman never smiled or wept
    There to abide with my Creator, God,

    And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept,
    Untroubling and untroubled where I lie
    The grass below—above the vaulted sky.

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