He guesses the language and the meaning of the song. A stanza consists of a grouping of lines, set off by a space, usually has a set … pattern of meter and rhyme. He became widely successful and was named Poet Laureate of England in 1843. Long answer type questions- Ques1: Why did the poet compare the song of the solitary reaper with those of the nightingale and the cuckoo — bird? The poet was in Scotland and was very tired and exhausted when he saw the reaper alone in the field cutting and binding the grain. As he stood admiring the setting sun, he suddenly saw a reaper all alone sing so beautifully that he could not but help pause to listen.
The voice of the girl was so sweet that it broke the silence of the seas and of the far off islands on north-western coast of Scotland. Finally, the poet concludes that even if he cannot grasp the meaning of the song, he finds the tune touching his heart and lingering in his mind for ever giving him joy despite its melancholy nature. He says that such a sweet voice was never heard from the cuckoo even in the spring season. Hyperbole in also a poetic device in which something written or described is made to sound more exciting, better or dangerous. In the field, he saw a beautiful rustic highland girl reaping and singing by herself. Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow For old, unhappy, far off things, And battles long ago.
Lesson Summary 'The Solitary Reaper' was written on November 5, 1805, by William Wordsworth and published in 1807 in the collection Poems, in Two Volumes. One of the themes could have been about battles fought long ago or some sad event of the past. The girl is compared to nightingales and cuckoo birds in a positive light, as though she is one of them, which shows her natural side. Alone she cuts and binds the grain, And sings a melancholy strain ; O listen! He comes home and pens down his feelings in his diary immediately. It is the beauty of the song and her singing that touch his heart and linger in his mind, giving him joy as he travels up the hill and carries her song with him long after he can no longer hear it. The beautiful thing is like a ray of hope amidst the world's miseries.
In order to secure just and humane treatment of inmates within the penal system, prolonged solitary confinement must be abandoned. It could also be an account of some recent calamity or mishap. A lonely maiden is busy reaping the crop. He was puzzled about the meaning of the song. The poet emphasises how the entire valley is flowing with the sound of the song. He is so struck by the sad beauty of her song that the whole valley seems to overflow with its sound.
The poet kept on enjoying her song for a while; then the poet resumed his evening walk. Once the poet comes across a highland girl while climbing up a hill. The whole dale is listening to her sweet voice. This is a woman doing her thing, and it's a gorgeous sight. We can see that he sees the girl as a poet because of the preface to Lyrical Ballads 1798. The young girl was reaping and binding the corn as it was the harvest time.
This poem is unique because while most of Wordsworth's work is based closely on his own experiences, 'The Solitary Reaper' is based on the experience of someone else, author and friend Thomas Wilkinson, as described in his Tours to the British Mountains. In the first stanza, the poet indicates how the solitary highland lass is reaping and singing a song which is incomprehensible to the poet. He can only guess at what she might be singing about:Will no one tell me what she sings? In much modern poetry,stanzas may be arbitrarily presented on the printed page because of publishing conventions that employ such feature as white space or punctuation. We tend to forget more e … asily the happier things in life, while sad things and moments cling in our memories. At the outset of the second stanza the poet went on comparing the song of the Solitary Reaper with the song of nightingale. The poet was deeply impressed by her singing; he decided to halt and listen to her song. The author is unable to decipher each of the words, but.
Wordsworth used solitary characters to show how to be one with nature See 'Old Man Travelling', 'There Was A Boy' and 'Nutting' , and this solitary is no different. The reason of the song did have any special reason. He was struck by the fact that the girl was cutting the harvest alone and on a happy occassion singing a melancholy song. Another example of connotation occurs with the reaper, the song, and the field. Reaping and singing by herself; Stop here, or gently pass! He is utterly enchanted, although as we see in the next stanza, he cannot understand the language of the song and so cannot say what the song is about.
But, according to the poet, the song of the solitary reaper is more thrilling than that of the cuckoo. It was so profound that be compared it with the song of the nightingale and the cuckoo — bird. A highland girl was reaping grain in the field and singing a song at the same time. And the reason of the song is based on day to-day issues that we generally face. He does not understand the alien language of the song. The song reminds him of a nightingle and a cuckoo. There is no art in the poem but imaginary and magical musical tone is sufficient enough to make the readers go into depths of Wordsworth poetry.
It has to be clarified that Wordsworth has projected a democratic note so far as the theme of this poem I concerned. It has left an indelible mark on my mind. In traditional English-language poems, stanzas can be identified and grouped together because they shared a rhyme scheme or a fixed number of lines. The poem was written after the publication of his Lyrical Ballads and is in iambic tetrameter. The campaign intends to eliminate solitary confinement by discussing alternatives the jails and prisons can practice instead. The American prison system was first established as a rehabilitative asylum but has devolved into a degrading institution in which human rights are regularly violated.