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A comparison between 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' and 'The Solitary Reaper' written by William Wordsworth 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' was written describing the beauty of London early in the morning and it uses different styles including metaphors and personification. The poem uses archaic language. 'The Solitary Reaper' also uses archaic language, the person in the poem is wistful and wishes that he knew the girl and is affected deeply by this girl and her song. The speaker in this poem is travelling over the Highlands, and he sees this beautiful sight and enjoys the mysterious song of the solitary reaper. He is overwhelmed by the experience, by the beauty of what he sees and hears that he contemplates the option of just staying there, up on the top of the hill, looking down on the lush valley in the beauty of the entire situation. However, he does not do this; he simply stays for a few moments, long enough for him to remember the this event for the rest of his life, and then he goes on his way, with the girl's tune ringing in the back of his mind. ...read more.


In addition the friendship of the group would make it more bearable. In both poems Wordsworth has things that he wants to find out. In "The Solitary Reaper' he wants to find out what type of song she is singing: "Will no-one tell me what she sings?" "Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow For old, unhappy, far off things, and battles long ago" Maybe it is about something that happened years ago. Then he goes on to think: "Or is it some more humble lay, Familiar matters of today? Some natural sorrow, loss or pain, That has been, and may be again?" Perhaps she is singing about something or someone she has lost. Both poems are poems of praise. 'The Solitary Reaper' praises the voice of a young girl. Wordsworth likes her voice so much that he compares it to that of a cuckoo-bird in the Arabian Desert, in the lines where Wordsworth says; No nightingale did ever chaunt More welcome notes to weary bands Of travellers in some shady haunt Among Arabian sands Wordsworth is alluding to the fact that nightingales, which are urban birds, are heard by the travelling caravan only when they are drawing close to their destination. ...read more.


Dead in spirit would one be if he of she was not moved or appreciated its beauty. The use of the word 'temple' further down? Wordsworth could have written church. This seems written to enhance the belief that the city was chosen by God. In both poems there is a regular theme of memory: In 'The Solitary Reaper it says, "The music in my heart I bore, Long after I could hear no more." In the other poem, 'Westminster Bridge' it says, "Ne'er saw I a sight more beautiful" There is a shared theme in both poems of expressed feelings. Only in the last four lines of 'Westminster Bridge' Wordsworth involves himself. "Ne'er saw I" In 'The Solitary Reaper' Wordsworth also involves himself nearer to the end, "Will no-one tell me" "I saw her singing at her work" Rather than to describe what he saw he describes the view that can be seen early in the morning. In both poems, though the poet only stayed for a short while yet there images are engraved upon his heart forever. He uses very romantic words and his style is emotional ?? ?? ?? ?? Chavi Littlestone Year 10 14 September 2009 English Coursework Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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