IT was first published 200 years ago this year and has become England’s most easily-recognised poem. Now, William Wordsworth’s best known work has been given a 21st century upgrade.
I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud has undergone the “rap” treatment in the bicentenary year of its publication (2007) to help the next generation of Lake District visitors connect with his work.
about the poem
The Wordsworth Trust says the famous poem was composed in 1804, two years after Wordsworth saw the flowers on the shores of Lake Ullswater. The area is also one of the last remaining strongholds of the Lake District red squirrel.
His inspiration for the poem came from an account written by sister Dorothy. In her journal entry for 15th April 1802, she describes how the daffodils: “Tossed and reeled and danced, and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind, that blew upon them over the lake.”