Sunday, July 3, 2011

Top Questions and Answers about the poem ‘The Solitary Reaper’ by William Wordsworth


Top Questions and Answers about the poem “The Solitary reaper” by William Wordsworth:

Question: “The music in my heart I bore,
 Long after it was heard no more.”

How does Wordsworth describe the singer and the scene in which she was seen singing? What was the effect of her song on the poet?
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Question: How does Wordsworth describe the song of the Solitary Reaper? How does he feel when he hears the song?

Answer: While touring in the hilly area of Scotland the poet William Wordsworth saw a highland girl reaping and singing by herself. He heard the song. The whole valley was overflowing with the sweet music of the song. He was greatly charmed by the sweet and sad music of the song. So he stood motionless and still to hear the song.
He felt that the song of the reaper girl was as sweet as that of a Nightingale heard by the weary travelers in the Arabian Desert. It seemed to him even sweeter and more thrilling than that of a Cuckoo in the Islands of Hebrides at the advent of the spring.
The poet could not understand the theme of the song. He, however, thinks it is about some unhappy incident of the past or a battle fought long ago or about some misfortunes of our daily life like loss, pain or death. He listened to the song motionlessly. The song seemed to him unending. He then left the place carrying the sweet and sad music of the song in his heart as a source of joy for ever.

Question: What does the poet guess about the theme of the reaper girl’s song? Why does he have to guess?

Answer: The poet guess that the theme of the song of the reaper girl is about the sad incident or battles of the long past or the common, eternal sources of humanity.
The poet is n Englishman. So he can not follow the theme of the song of the solitary girl as it is sung in Gaelic language unknown to him.

Question: “Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow”
What are the guesses of the post about the theme of the ‘plaintive numbers’?

Answer: The poet can not understand the theme of the song of reaper girl as it is sung in Gaelic language which is unknown to him. So he guesses that the song is about the sad incidents or battles of the long past or the common, eternal sources of humanity.

Question: “Will no one tell me what she sings?”
Why does poet ask the question and how does he answer it himself?

Answer: The poet is an Englishman. He can not follow the theme of the song of the reaper girl as it is sung in Gaelic language which is unknown to him. This is why he asks the question.
Later he answers it himself by some guesses. The poet speculates that the song is about the sad incidents or battle of long past or the common, eternal sources of humanity.