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Dorothy and the Daffodils: Discussion

An activity which focuses on Dorothy Wordsworth's journal entry in 1802, in which she describes seeing a "long belt of daffodils".

In the previous step, you listened to and/or read Dorothy Wordsworth’s journal entry for 15 April 1802, the entry in which she described seeing a ‘long belt’ of daffodils on a walk with her brother, William. Have a think about the following questions and post a comment to tell us what you think.

How would you describe the way that Dorothy’s journal entry is written?

What does she tell us in this passage about her daily life, her social circle, and the mundane physical experience of walking?

Consider the encounter with the daffodils particularly. How does Dorothy come upon them? What is her relationship to them? How does she describe them?

Do you think that there are aspects of this journal entry that are poetic? Do bits of it seem more like poetry than prose?

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