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.
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.
Also Read: All Figures of speech / Poetic devices used in The Daffodils
In the given extract we learn that the poet has used hyperbole (exaggerating the number of daffodils) and inversion (exchanging the place of words or completely inverting the sentence).