William Wordsworth was not without his share of loss. In fact, he lost his mother when he was seven, and his father when he was thirteen. As if that were not enough loss for one person, three of his children preceded him in death. This background gives this particular poem greater meaning. The poem reveals that the speaker feels far more comfortable and peaceful when thinking about the afterlife than he feels at home on his couch in real life. This reveals a sense of longing for what is after, and a sense of disappointment in earthly life. This experience of wandering as a cloud was either a dream or a vision, a glimpse of heaven. Whatever this experience was, it is clear that Wordsworth holds on to the memory of this experience to give him hope in life.