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DANCING WITH THE DAFFODILS
Sarah Jo Wood: The Lockdown Composer
Special thanks to David Seekola and Ashley Roberts for the arrangement
I love the Spring! New life shooting everywhere and a new year ahead to look forward to. And what better symbol of Spring is there than the daffodil.
This movement is inspired by the Spring and the famous poem, ‘The Daffodils’, by William Wordsworth. The poem never ceases to fill me with happiness and bring a smile to my face.
For me, the genius of the poem is not just because it captures the beauty of the Daffodils in full display but also because it brings the joy of both Spring and the daffodils alive all year round, particularly, in its final verse.
'And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.'
I hope my movement brings you warmth, happiness and… makes your heart dance too!
The Daffodils by William Wordsworth
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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