Which figure of speech has been used in ‘Ten thousand saw I at a glance’?

QuestionsWhich figure of speech has been used in ‘Ten thousand saw I at a glance’?
Lakhmee Chand asked 11 months ago

Mention the figure of speech used in the quoted line below from William Wordsworth’s poem ‘The Daffodils’ or ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance.

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 11 months ago

This is a fine instance of Hyperbole. A hyperbole is an exaggeration not meant to be taken literally.

When the poet says that he saw ten thousand daffodils at a glance, he certainly means a lot of flower, a host of daffodils, and not ‘ten thousand’ literally. He didn’t actually count it.

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