TASP – the spring edition

It’s Tuesday afternoon, and this means, of course, that it is time for another ‘science poem’ here at the world-famous (because I write from Europe and Who reads and comments from America) Tuesday Afternoon Science Poetry series.

And, as it is spring again (at least in theory it is…), I bring you a poem with lots and lots of those happy yellow spring-is-in-the-air flowers: daffodils. For those who need more science in their poems, how about cloud dynamics? Or fluid mechanics, for the way the flowers are “fluttering and dancing in the breeze”?

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.

William Wordsworth

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  1. The next time I see daffodils I WILL think about science! Nice poem…

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