The Solitary Reaper By William Wordsworth

I must confess to not being a lover of all Wordsworth’s poetry. I do, however derive considerable pleasure from the poet’s “The Solitary Reaper”:

 

“Behold her, single in the field,

Yon solitary Highland Lass!

Reaping and singing by herself;

Stop here, or gently pass!

Alone she cuts and binds the grain,

And sings a melancholy strain;

O listen! for the Vale profound

Is overflowing with the sound.

No Nightingale did ever chaunt

More welcome notes to weary bands

Of travellers in some shady haunt,

Among Arabian sands:

A voice so thrilling ne’er was heard

In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,

Breaking the silence of the seas

Among the farthest Hebrides.

Will no one tell me what she sings?—

Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow

For old, unhappy, far-off things,

And battles long ago:

Or is it some more humble lay,

Familiar matter of to-day?

Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,

That has been, and may be again?

Whate’er the theme, the Maiden sang

As if her song could have no ending;

I saw her singing at her work,

And o’er the sickle bending;—

I listened, motionless and still;

And, as I mounted up the hill,

The music in my heart I bore,

Long after it was heard no more.”

7 thoughts on “The Solitary Reaper By William Wordsworth

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thanks for your comment. Sometimes having to study a thing (what ever that thing may be) kills the love of it. I didn’t have to study Wordsworth but did come across his poetry in the school library. Kevin

      Reply
      1. masgautsen

        Hi Kevin it is a well deserved award. The rules (and all I know about the award) can be found at my blog, as you already seem to have discovered! Have a nice weekend.

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