The solitary reaper

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  1. vidyacvn

    vidyacvn Silver IL'ite

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    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 chant
    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.


    William Wordsworth

    Wordsworth is a brilliant poet who could give extraordinary touches to ordinary things. I love this poem of his which talks about a lady who was reaping all alone. The whole poem is thoroughly enjoyable. I love the way he says ,"Either listen to the reapers song silently or just move on without disturbing her." I also like the part where he tries to guess what the content of the song must be. The last two lines are the best of the lot . Nobody else could have said it better. How well he expresses that the music remained etched in his heart for so long after he had heard it. Amazing poet.
     
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    Very true VidyaCVN. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem. -rgs
     
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    we can almost visualize the solitary reaper and her singing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem. I rarely find time now a days to go through poems . Your post brought back those days when books were a constant companion
     
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    Hi Vidyacvn
    My respectful salute for posting this; I love each and every line of this masterpiece! Went back to school days!

    My fav lines!....
    I'm mesmerized every time I interpret lines from this romantic poet. This ballad exemplifies that if well written simple words and plain language can create a magnum opus, which will be broadly accepted both by the masses and classes!
    Sorry for dragging on, such is the magic created; Daffodils, yet another of his inspirational poem!!!..... Imagine the feeling of moving lonely among the clouds, viewing a field of daffodils; a few lines in this poem were contributed by his wife….. the height of romanticism I must say!
    I remain obliged to you for posting this!
    Mega

     
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    wow love the way you enjoy the poem. i too love his poems and his talent
     
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    yeah. we can almost visualise the scene. such is the talent of the great poet. i think we should make time to go through poems like these more often.
     
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    vidyacvn Silver IL'ite

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    lets try to share more poems like these. thanks to indus ladies
     

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