Today I saw the first daffodil on my running trail. I know it is seen earlier in milder areas but I was touched when spotting it here in Denmark in my neighborhood today.
My thoughts wandered to the great British Romantic poet William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) who wrote about the daffodils in 1802 in his poem “I Wandered lonely as a Cloud”.
Since I was a teenager I wanted to visit the Lake District where the poet wrote his poetry in daylight. During the Napoleon wars a heavy tax was put on the British people to be able to afford the war. The tax was called “Day light robbery” as people had to pay tax for each window they had in their houses. The consequence was that windows were covered so only very little daylight was allowed into the houses.
When I was eleven years old in 1962 my mother’s friend from Manchester with her family came to visit us in Copenhagen for the first time since they met in 1946 in London. One of her sons was only ten years old and one unforgettable evening he recited poetry. I had a small book for collecting poems and he wrote the first verse of this poem by Wordsworth in my book. He and his one year older brother attended a grammar school and were years ahead of us.
In 2007 I was able for the first time to visit the Lake District which I had heard so much about from John’s mother whom I later stayed with in my youth.