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Analysis Of The 'Solitary Reaper'

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Analysis of 'The Solitary Reaper' The poet sees a highland girl singing and reaping alone in the field. She sings a 'melancholy song' as she cuts and binds the grain. To the poet the reapers songs seems sweeter even than the song of Nightingale ('No Nightingale did ever chaunt, So sweetly to reposing bands') The poet compares the song of the girl with a song of a nightingale, soothing his sorrows and easing his weariness just in the same way as the nightingale welcomes the weary travellers in the shady oasis in the Arabian sands. He considers her voice more amazing than the sweet notes of Cuckoo Bird - 'No sweeter voice was ever heard, in spring-time by the Cuckoo-bird'. The magic of the reaper's song immediately triggers the poet's imagination and he becomes interested in what she is singing. However he does not know of what she is referring to. Throughout this poem, he makes referrals to the fact that he does not know of what she sings. ...read more.

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I think that he intended his first line to grab the attention of the reader and in addressing the reader directly within the first few words, he has done that perfectly. All of the times in which he refers directly to the reader, Wordsworth uses very blunt and harsh verbs within what he is saying. I think that this is also the grab the reader's attention and direct them into the mood of the poem. Some of these directive verbs are: 'Behold her', 'Stop here', 'O listen!' I think that this is a very pleasant poem but, with an underlying tone of severity and sombreness. It also has a quite depressing tone, however, the poet contrasts this by saying that the woman's beauty and vocal talent is in comparative lines with nature itself. I think that the poet also meant for the poem to be quite sad and sombre as it adds to the mystery of the reaper. The poet wants the reader to focus upon the fact that reaper is alone and she seems to be singing happily to herself. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think that the poem should be said slowly and the rhythm has an unvarying sombre tone. The poem also uses a lot of enjambement. I think that Wordsworth does this to keep the poems tone regular, but also to enhance the complexity of the poem and make his point come across easier. Wordsworth's choice of verbs develops 'The Solitary Reaper' and makes the poem more powerful and interesting. Inclusive are: 'Behold', 'Stop', 'Cuts', 'Breaking', 'Mounted' and 'Bore'. These verbs add tension to the poem and they are extremely effective in their role. To conclude, I think that Wordsworth was very successful with the writing of this poem and that in writing this poem he immortalised his image of the woman reaping in the field. I think that this was his main intention when writing the poem and that in writing it he could share his thoughts and feelings about her with other people. The poem was very clear, concise and effective. I feel that Wordsworth has produced an excellent piece of poetry and I think that after writing it, his memory of the woman reaping in the field, can be shared with anyone who reads the poem - as it is so clear and effective. ...read more.

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