William Wordsworth

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William Wordsworth:

(1770-1850) William Wordsworth

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Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumberland. He studied at Cambridge University. The major theme of Wordsworth’s poetry was the influence of nature on man, and as well as exploring it socially he explored it autobiographically. As a child he had felt the influence of nature very strongly.

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“The Daffodils”:

I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the Milky Way, They stretch'd in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils. “The Daffodil s”


Written at Town – end, Grasmere On 15 April 1802 BACKGROUND

“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. . “The Solitary Reaper”

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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 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?


Memorial of a tour in Scotland, in 1803. An ispiration from Thomas Wilkinson’s manuscript “Tour in Scotland” BACKGROUND

“The Daffodils” and “The Solitary Reaper” :

“ The Solitary Reaper” is about reaping which usually takes place at the end of August or at the beginning of September; therefore reaping can refer to the beginning of autumn while in “The Daffodils” the daffodils are considered to be the forerunners of spring in England. The reaper is in the centre of “The Solitary Reaper”, the speaker is only a listener who is not involved in the narrative, thus he can be seen as a passive outsider. He is very curious about what she sings. Hence he remains in the background. In contrast with “The Daffodils” in which he begins the poem with himself and refers to himself as a cloud in the first line of the first stanza therefore the attention of the listener is on the speaker and not on the daffodils, which appear later in the poem. In addition, he is more active in the poem since as a cloud he is part of nature where flowers live and he takes part in their joyful dance, too. He does not want to remain in the background, like in the other poem. “ The Daffodils” and “The Solitary Reaper”

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Both poems concern with the same topic: loneliness. “The Solitary Reaper”, as the title indicates, it is the reaper who is lonely. In “The Daffodils” it is the poet who is alone and he declares right in the first line that, “I wondered lonely as a cloud.” The main difference between the two poems is that at the end of “The Solitary Reaper” the girl remains sorrowful and the natural scenery does not cheer her up in contrast with “The Daffodils”, in which the flowers brighten up the poet, who always remembers this event joyfully.

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The grain in “The Solitary Reaper” is not as important as the flowers in “The Daffodils.’’ In “The Solitary Reaper” a kind of hesitation can be felt when the speaker cannot decide, when he sees and hears the girl singing, whether to “stop here, or gently pass!” In “The Daffodils” there is not any evidence for the poet’s hesitation. The rhyme scheme of “Daffodils” is ABABCC. The rhyme scheme of “Solitary reaper” is ABABCCDD.

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