I wandered lonely as a cloud: could you be the next great nature poet?

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Trying to decide how to progress with my writing, I have been milling around the internet and I found the above competition.  In order to get in the mood for nature, I checked out Mr Wordsworth.  The great lyric poem remains an inspiration for nature poets.  It may not be ‘of our time’ but I believe it is always worth going back to move forward (see my poem Evolution!)

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.
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William Wordsworth 1807
Closing date is March 1st 2015.  Check the following link for more info:

http://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2014/

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