William Wordsworth's selective Word Choice in
"I wandered lonely as a cloud
In the process of creating a poem, word choice and diction can be very relevant to the meaning of the poem itself. The rhythm and sound of the poem can heavily influence the meaning, but can also distract from the subject matter if the word choice clashes with the topic, or theme of the poem. William Wordsworth's creation "I wandered lonely as a cloud, establishes a connection between the subject matter and the word choice a reader might expect from a formal Romantic poet. The meaning of the poem itself does not create the poem, but also the rhythm and rhyme, and the impeding importance of the word choice and diction.
In creating the effective mood and feelings for his poem, Wordsworth's poetical word choice is essential in developing and maintaining the iambic quadrameter present throughout the piece. Wordsworth's "Italianate form, reveling in its compression and the artistic demands of its rhyme scheme (Watson 24), forced the poet to become adverse to many word choices as well as sentence structures. Two word contractions Wordsworth uses to preserve the meter and rhyme scheme were "0'er and "oft . These alterations of the common words "over and "often are used by Wordsworth in lines 2 and 19, and by doing so help keep the rhythm flowing. In order to maintain the strict demands of the Italian sonnet, Wordsworth also abandons normal sentence structure. In lines 17 and 18, "I gazed and gazed but little thought/ What wealth the show had brought to me (Kirszner 1008), the reversal of the verb and the object at the end of the verses adapts to the rhyme scheme Wordsworth develops. The reversal makes the rhyme scheme possible, otherwise the lines would read, I gazed and gazed but thought little/ What wealth the