Episode 17: Dancing with Daffodils

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia


Good morning, Good Afternoon Good Evening – wherever you are, thank you for listening in and joining the podcast conversation. Today, I’m taking poetry with my tea.

Poetry is necessary.  It is an intense, emotional language that speaks to our spirit, to our deep need for understanding and belonging.  We respond to the sounds, symbolism, rhythm of poetic language. Poetry gives us the confidence to explore our fast-paced dynamic world.

So put the kettle on and join me as we meet up with William Wordsworth. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.


William Wordsworth noted, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”


William Wordsworth by Benjamin Haydon


Why do a few words, a short line written in poetic language, evoke a dramatic emotional response?


Poetry has immediacy.  We recognize grief, elation, hope in an instant. It is as if the poet is speaking directly to our most profound reflections.  We are enticed by the possibilities of diverse interpretations.  We feel a wistful longing to connect, even as we recognize the transient nature of our existence.

William Wordsworth had a love of nature and a resolve to express his ideas in vocabulary and speech patterns that were familiar. His poetry resonated with readers, reminding them of the reverent and joyful connection of humanity with nature.

Born in 1770, William Wordsworth, lived during a time of great change. Brilliant, beloved, he lived with passion and determination.  He and his best friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, launched the age of English Romanticism, with their joint publication, in 1798 of Lyrical Ballads.  This marked the genesis of a courageous age in literature. They changed the world of poetry, making it accessible to everyone.

Fast forward to now, poetry continues to transform, influence and demand entry into all areas of our life, from fashion and food to philosophy and politics.

We are inspired by Maya Angelou’s

“I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”

We are challenged by Mary Oliver’s

Tell me,
what is it you plan to do
with your one
wild and precious life?”

We are energized by’s

History says, Don’t hope
On this side of the grave,
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme”

Poetry is powerful, rich with words, phrases, images that ignite our desire to live bigger lives, embrace  a wider community, participate in a greater journey.

Please join me in dancing with daffodils.