Have you read any other poem by Wordsworth on a similar theme? How significant in this poem in relation to Wordsworth poetry and why?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Many of the ideas presented in Wordsworth's poem, "The Solitary Reaper" are reflective of themes present and the ideas he advocated in his poetry.  The most relevant of these is the idea that through studying this girl in the field, the speaker gains more insight into himself and his sense of identity. This is a theme that is heavily present in Wordsworthian thought.  Namely, that through studying some aspect of nature, human beings can learn more about themselves and engage in a sense of serious reflection about oneself (Off the top of my head, "Tintern Abbey" captures much of this.)  The elements of nature and how this natural world is essential to who we are as human beings is another theme that is present in Wordsworth's poetry.  "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" and "Daffodils" are two such poems where the theme of nature is present and links appreciation of nature to a better understanding of self.  Finally, the idea of being an independent person in search of "the good, the true, and the beautiful" is a resonating element in Wordsworth's life and thought, as he felt, and expressed through his poetry, that the individual can only understand themselves when they break away from the conformist nature of society and embrace true independence of thought and action.  The speaker in the poem studies the solitary reaper while she is alone, but also as the speaker is away from all other social connection, present only with internal thoughts.