Describe the effect of solitary reaper's song on the environment.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One effect of the solitary reaper's song on the environment was one of enhancement. The speaker, presumably Wordsworth, describes a world that is silent until the song emerges. Wordsworth describes the solitary reaper's song as "Breaking the silence of the seas." The impact on the environment is one of piercing sound, something beautiful that complements the beauty of nature. Wordsworth establishes the natural world as a silent and serene quality. This environment is enhanced with the song that the solitary reaper sings.  

In Wordsworth's appreciation of the moment where the song enters the environment, the natural silence is enhanced with this human made element. Wordsworth describes the song as an element that resonates in the environment: "The music in my heart I bore,/Long after it was heard no more." In this light, the effect of the song on the environment is a lingering one. The song remains in the environment, adding to its natural beauty. Through this description, Wordsworth illuminates how the song adds to the beauty of the natural world. It is a moment where natural beauty and human subjectivity converge into a revelry of being in the world. 

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