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Sarah Jo Wood:  The Lockdown Composer

Special thanks to David Seekola and Ashley Roberts for the arrangement

20201026 Sarah Jo Wood - Dancing

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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