Why does the poet call the flowers ‘a host of golden daffodils’ in the poem ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth?
The daffodil flowers are yellow and therefore comparable to gold in its colour. Moreover, the flowers lend the poet a kind of golden memory and bring him joy and happiness that he cherishes in his lonely moments. That is why the daffodils are called ‘golden daffodils’.
Daffodils are usually yellow in colour. The poet calling them ‘golden’ could have two meanings. Firstly, when the poet says at the beginning of the poem he was wandering like a lonely cloud, it could indicate that there were hardly any clouds in the sky that day and not only was it breezy but also a sunny day. Due to the sunshine, the yellow colour of the daffodils appeared so royal and bright that the poet compared the yellow colour of the daffodils to golden. Hence he also mentions that they shone like stars. With a deeper meaning, the poet could be referring to the golden, or the breathtaking and valuable moments which he spent with the daffodils. Such a golden, bright and lively memory was cherished by the poet. Hence, the daffodils are called ‘golden’.