Mnemosyne, [nee-mos–uh-nee], is the Greek goddess of memory, and mother of the Nine Muses by Zeus. This “Invoking Mnemosyne” series is where I share what poetry & prose it is that I’m memorizing as part of my self-education journey.
I was reading through an anthology of poetry and ran across Wordsworth’s “Daffodils” for the first time. It grabbed me. I read it through, then re-read it, then re-read it again…and knew I had to memorize it.
I wandered lonely as a cloudThat 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 shineAnd twinkle on the milky way,They stretched in never-ending lineAlong the margin of a bay:Ten thousand saw I at a glance,Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but theyOut-did the sparkling waves in glee:A poet could not but be gay,In such a jocund company:I gazed—and gazed—but little thoughtWhat wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lieIn vacant or in pensive mood,They flash upon that inward eyeWhich is the bliss of solitude;And then my heart with pleasure fills,And dances with the daffodils.