Wordsworth is in the Air

During the past couple of months for some reason the poet William Wordsworth is in the air around me. First after I bought some early spring daffodils a colleague recited part of the poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” with its lovely first line….

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.

Then online somewhere, maybe it was posted on Facebook, I heard this playful reading of “My Heart Leaps up When I Behold” with two parodies by Gerard Manley Hopkins and Odgen Nash:

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