My reaction to The Solitary Reaper The Solitary Reaper is one of Wordsworth’s main works. The poem talks about a young lady reaping and singing alone in the field. Her voice is so beautiful a
nd her song is so impressive that, though the poet doesn’t understand what she is singing, he is deeply impressed and feels the same solitude as she does. When he is leaving, the song fades away, but the solitary feeling is still haunting him. In this poem, Wordsworth expresses a profound theme by using simple words and a clear structure to describe a peaceful and beautiful scene. In the scene, the reaping girl is naturally integrated into the surrounding, as if she is a part of the beautiful scenery. The poem is refreshing and has a pleasant aftertaste. The cadence of the poem flowed gracefully. After read the poem, I have many thoughts in my mind. The poet does not express his loneliness directly in the poem between the lines. Instead, the whole piece reveals his intense feeling in a natural manner. Every one, actually, has the same melancholy deep inside. The feeling is sincere and genuine. When reading the poem, we can strong feel what the poet feels though he doesn’t mention it, just as the poet can get the reaper’s melancholy though he doesn’t understand the song. Because we all have the inward loneliness, and poem, as well as music, can arouse our sympathetic response and expose our deeply buried sentiment. In short, art, including poet and music, can strike a chord in our hearts and turn out our sentimental side. What’ more, the reaping girl is on behalf of those people who working and living in the raw nature and are much closer to nature than others. As a result, they are simple and honest; they have sincere and pure emotions. In the paradise of our mother nature, we can truly explore our spiritual world, find our passion and freedom, and attain purity. Therefore, the planters, who live closely to nature, are more passionate, sentimental and romantic. Their emotions are expressed in a more direct way. So the song the reaping girl sings is a result of the pure nature. It is as beautiful and enduring as the nature. All in all, The Solitary Reaper brings us profound meanings to ponder. Thanks to the poem, the image of the reaping girl and her expressive song become enduring. We can’t enjoy her song, but what it impressed us will stay lasting in our heart.