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The Solitary Reaper

The solitary reaper in Wordsworth’s poem is a girl from the Highlands who is cutting down crops in a field on her own. Her solitary nature seems to be part of her appeal to the speaker, who is...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021, 10:40 am (UTC)

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When the speaker in William Wordsworth's poem “The Solitary Reaper” first glimpses the reaper, he notices that she is alone and singing as she works. He does not understand the words of her song....

Latest answer posted November 16, 2020, 3:11 pm (UTC)

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The speaker of the poem does not know what the peasant woman reaping in the field is actually singing about. She sings in Scots Gaelic, a language that he does not understand. He wonders to himself...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019, 12:47 am (UTC)

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The poem expresses the theme that simple moments can have extreme beauty and can soothe our souls for a long time afterwards if we stop and pay attention. In this poem, the song of a woman reaping...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2017, 10:32 pm (UTC)

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I would like to second the original post about art being what connects us as human beings. It is aptly noted that the speaker cannot understand the reaper, as she sings in Scottish and the speaker...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011, 1:48 am (UTC)

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In "The Solitary Reaper" the speaker can find no comparison that is adequate to the lovely and emotive quality of the voice of the "Highland Lass" who "cuts and binds the grain" alone in a field,...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2017, 7:38 pm (UTC)

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The narrator describes the reaper's song as a "melancholy strain" and "plaintive." While he cannot distinguish the words of her song, they sound sad, as if she is singing of loss or pain. He likens...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2017, 10:58 am (UTC)

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The woman who is toiling in the fields seems, to the poet, part of the landscape. That is, she does not exist as an individual, but as a decorative or affective element in the scene that the poet...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2020, 1:17 pm (UTC)

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The setting of "The Solitary Reaper" takes place in a field where a rural girl stands alone in a field, cutting grain, and singing a song. The opening of the poem asks the reader watch her as no...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2009, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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The poet uses ecphonesis three times in the first stanza to stop and catch our attention in the same way the solitary reaper's song has caught his attention. Ecphonesis is an emotional exclamation...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2017, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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The speaker/poet continues to bear the song sung by the solitary Scots lass because it sounds so sad and so beautiful. Sad melodies tend to be a bit more haunting than happy ones, and, despite the...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2017, 7:34 pm (UTC)

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One of William Wordsworth's post-Lyrical Ballads, "The Solitary Reaper" is among the most famous of his poems because of its emotive power and its expression of sympathy with nature. This lovely...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2017, 11:31 pm (UTC)

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The Solitary Reaper

The lines you're referring to in William Wordsworth's "The Solitary Reaper" can be found below: A voice so thrilling ne'er was heard In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird, Breaking the silence of...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2016, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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The primary experience that the speaker undergoes as a result of hearing the song in the poem is to activate his/ her own moral imagination. Not understanding the words or lyrics to the song, the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2010, 12:00 am (UTC)

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Wordsworth heard the solitary reaper's song on a trip he took the north of Scotland in 1803. As a traveler himself, it was only natural he would imagine the experiences of other travelers. The...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2017, 10:54 am (UTC)

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The solitary reaper is an ordinary peasant girl. Her soulful song lends an ecstatic experience to the poet. He gets a glimpse of eternity and experiences perfection hearing her mellifluous voice....

Latest answer posted October 25, 2015, 5:24 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2009, 11:59 am (UTC)

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Wordsworth compares the highland lass with nightingales and cuckoos, both of which have been regarded, since ages, to be among the most melodious singers of nature. The highland lass’ song has had...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2016, 5:30 pm (UTC)

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This apparently simple poem is more complex than it seems at first glance. By using the imperative in the first two stanzas, Wordsworth introduces ambiguity into the opening lines: is he addressing...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2017, 11:16 am (UTC)

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"The Solitary Reaper" is one of those poems that is hugely moving and memorable but it's difficult, in my view, to say precisely why. It's a simple description of a young woman working in a field,...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019, 5:45 am (UTC)

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In "The Solitary Reaper," William Wordsworth describes a scene from the Scottish highlands: a "solitary Highland Lass [girl].../Reaping and singing by herself." The narrator of the poem refers to...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2012, 1:10 am (UTC)

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The solitary reaper's song is a powerful one. Interestingly enough, it might not mean that much to her. The song is something that she is singing to complete her work in the field. Presumably,...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2011, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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The maiden's song has a profound effect upon the speaker. So much so, that it remains in his heart long after he last heard it. What's particularly remarkable about the song's powerful effect is...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019, 6:41 am (UTC)

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The “solitary Highland Lass” is singing a song in a language that the speaker is not familiar with. It might be in a different language (Scottish Gaelic) or an unfamiliar regional dialect. This is...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 8:21 pm (UTC)

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We know that the solitude of the figure described in this poem is of particular importance to the poet because the title itself describes her as a "solitary reaper." The title of a poem can be...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018, 11:13 am (UTC)

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In "The Solitary Reaper," the speaker is walking in the Scottish Highlands when he is arrested and riveted by the song of a young Highland woman who is out by herself harvesting grain. He perceives...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019, 11:25 pm (UTC)

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The invocation of the "Arabian Sands" helps to contribute the mystery and distinctive nature of the song that the reaper sings. The poet uses the idea when the speaker is describing of what the...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2009, 9:05 pm (UTC)

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I think that there are a couple of levels of significance to the speaker's question. On one hand, it becomes evident that the speaker, presumably Wordsworth, travels alone. While the reaper in...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2012, 8:23 am (UTC)

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William Wordsworth's poem "The Solitary Reaper" has a mixed rhyme scheme, with the first and last stanzas following an abcbddee pattern and the middle stanzas following an ababccdd pattern. More...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2016, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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The imagery in this poem is very vivid, but the presentation of it can indeed make it difficult to identify the figures of speech. A metaphor is a device whereby a comparison is drawn between two...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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Suggested paraphrase ideas for the poem The Solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth Look at her, all alone, Girl from the Highland mountains of Scotland, Harvesting the grain. Pass by quietly, or...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2009, 10:45 pm (UTC)

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The richness of the poem's visual imagery is seen when the speaker describes what is conjured in his mind when he hears the solitary reaper's song. Wordsworth has to communicate to the reader the...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2013, 11:38 am (UTC)

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The poet is unable to make out anything of the song the solitary reaper is singing alone in the field. It's in a language unknown to the poet. However, he finds her voice to be very mellifluous and...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2016, 5:29 pm (UTC)

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The reaper's song "overflow[s]" the valley in which she works and compels the speaker of the poet to stop and listen. Although he cannot understand the words of the song she is singing, it seems to...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019, 8:25 pm (UTC)

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For Wordsworth, the selection of the two birds helps to convey the "other worldly" quality of the solitary reaper's song. The song that the woman sings inspires the speaker, presumably Wordsworth,...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2013, 10:47 pm (UTC)

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The premise of the poem is a striking image in the mind of the reader. Wordsworth has been able to construct a vision in which the solitary traveler comes upon the solitary reaper with only her...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2013, 12:34 pm (UTC)

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The speaker is overwhelmed by the beauty of the woman's voice and her "melancholy" song as he passes by the field where she works. He compares her lovely voice to birds, suggesting that her singing...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018, 2:09 pm (UTC)

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The Maiden The narrator hears a woman singing in the fields. She is a nameless "Highland lass," or a woman from the Scottish Highlands. She works alone in the fields, thrashing and binding grain...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019, 11:54 am (UTC)

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In August of 1803 William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, and Samuel Coleridge embarked on a six-week, 663-mile journey through the Scottish countryside. William Wordsworth was inspired by his...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2017, 12:56 pm (UTC)

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The sense of solitude, in the first place, is evoked by the title itself - The Solitary Reaper. As the poem starts, the poet urges us to look at the maiden reaper, who is “single in the field.” The...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015, 9:22 am (UTC)

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This is an interesting poem in that, while it has a pastoral setting (the "Vale profound / overflowing with the sound" of the solitary maiden singing), Wordsworth actually suggests that the voice...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2018, 8:41 am (UTC)

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Wordsworth's poem is about the intense feelings caused by hearing a farm woman singing as she works. His verse, then, needs to capture some of the musicality of her song, and explain why this event...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2017, 11:52 am (UTC)

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William Wordsworth's poem "The Solitary Reaper" describes a maiden reaping in the fields, meaning harvesting the fields using a sickle, and singing as she goes about her work. A central theme in...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2015, 6:21 am (UTC)

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In line 9, the inclusion of the nightingale might be considered to be very significant. In starting the second stanza, the speaker, presumably Wordsworth, has heard the song of the woman in the...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2010, 9:24 pm (UTC)

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Wordsworth was inspired by nature, poetry, and the Romantic imagination. This imagination is a combination of intuition and emotion in which the poet tries to understand the ordinary in a new or...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2018, 4:16 pm (UTC)

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Romantic poet William Wordsworth uses synonyms in the first stanza to emphasize the singularity of the "Highland Lass" the speaker spies in a field. He uses the words "single," "solitary," "alone"...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019, 9:22 pm (UTC)

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The nightingale and the cuckoo have always been considered as nature’s best singers. The poet is so touched by the maiden’s song that he not only compares her singing to that of nightingale and...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015, 3:14 pm (UTC)

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Wordsworth’s poem was partly inspired by his time in Scotland in September 1803, and by written accounts of tours through Scotland that he had read. It’s not clear if Wordsworth actually ran across...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2018, 12:44 pm (UTC)

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The speaker does not understand the song being sung in "The Solitary Reaper." The exact words of the song might not be as important as the emotions and feelings the songs trigger inside the mind...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2009, 8:46 am (UTC)

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The speaker of the poem is giving us a very positive estimation of the solitary reaper's beautiful, beguiling song. He compares her song to that of the nightingale, a bird especially renowned for...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020, 10:58 am (UTC)

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