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Please explain the last stanza of the poem, "The Solitary Reaper."

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salmasaif | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 6, 2009 at 11:51 PM via web

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Please explain the last stanza of the poem, "The Solitary Reaper."

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 13, 2009 at 11:59 AM (Answer #1)

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"The Solitary Reaper" is a pastoral poem, typical of the English Romantics and their glorification of nature and the common man. In the opening stanza, the speaker has seen a Highland girl reaping grain, singing while she reaps. This beautiful scene has transported the speaker, a feeling the speaker describes in the second and third stanzas.

In the fourth and final stanza, the speaker's reverie has ended and he leaves, the reaper's song still echoing in his mind.

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rebamaria | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 17, 2012 at 3:11 PM (Answer #2)

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in the last stanza the poet is made to leave as he had to continue on his journey. he loved to recall the song over and over as it would give the greatest pleasure to all the readers. the song lingered on to its heart for the rest of his life

 

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