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In the poem "Solitary Reaper", what does 'plaintive numbers' mean?-sad song or sad music?

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parinita2210 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:32 AM via web

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In the poem "Solitary Reaper", what does 'plaintive numbers' mean?-sad song or sad music?

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sodapopjo | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM (Answer #1)

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The poem speaks of a lonesome 'lass' who is singing. Her 'plaintive numbers' mean the sad and mournful sounding peice of music, or song that she sings.

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