Much of William Wordsworth’s poetry was inspired by the walks he took—often with his sister Dorothy and later also his wife Mary. His poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” contains inspiration from them both. Dorothy kept journals and wrote about the day when out walking they first came upon a few daffodils and then many more of them. In her Grasmere Journal she wrote, “I never saw daffodils so beautiful they grew among the mossy stones about & about them, some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness & the rest tossed and reeled and danced & seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the Lake…”
The lines that Wordsworth considered the poem’s best came from his wife, the second and third lines here from the poem’s final stanza, “In vacant or in pensive mood,/ They flash upon that inward eye/ which is the bliss of solitude…”
That’s inspiration being described, which is to me bliss of solitude. Ah, to wander like a cloud, alone upon the hills. Just yesterday and the day before that I was out there too.