Example 4 – I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, by William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud (the first line is also the title of the poem).
Think of a lonely cloud wandering over a hill.
So, now you have the title and the beginning of the poem, you need to learn each line as follows:
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
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That floats on high o'er vales and hills
A host, of golden daffodils;
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
Along the margin of a bay:
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee.
In such a jocund company:
What wealth the show to me had brought:
In vacant or in pensive mood,
which is the bliss of solitude;
and dances with the daffodils.
Link HILLS to WHEN ALL AT ONCE
The hill (hills) said “Boo!” all at once.
Link DAFFODILS to BESIDE THE LAKE.
The daffodils were beside the lake.
Link BREEZE to CONTINUOUS
The breeze was unceasing, and she flew her kite continuously for hours.
Link MILKY WAY to THEY STRETCHED
As they fought over the Milky Way bar, they stretched it right out.
Link BAY to TEN THOUSAND
The bay was covered in 10,000 daffodils.
Link DANCE to THE WAVES
She could dance on the waves, she was so light-footed.
Link GLEE to A POET
The child was full of glee as a poet read from her new book.
Link COMPANY to GAZED
The company director just wanted to gaze out of his new office.
Link BOUGHT to OFT
She brought yet another bouquet of flowers: was this too often?
Link MOOD to THEY FLASH
She set the mood in the bedroom with flashing lights.
Link SOLITUDE to MY HEART
Solitude on a deserted beach was what my heart sought.