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William Wordsworth The Solitary Reaper BY

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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. lonely see the mountainous northern part of Scotland. a girl or young woman. valley very deep. -archaic song

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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. Remote group of islands that lie to the NW of Scotland. a place frequented by a specified person tired

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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? Sad music Ordinary song

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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. A tool for cutting grass and crops climbed

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Anaylsis Four eight-line stanzas each ending with a couplet octosyllabic lines written in iambic tetrameter Each stanza follows a rhyme scheme of ABABCCDD, though in the first and last stanzas the "A" rhyme is off (field/self and sang/work). Idyll : lyric poetry describing the life of the shepherd in pastoral, bucolic, idealistic terms a short poem or prose work describing a picturesque pastoral scene or incident. a word or line of verse with eight syllables. a metrical foot consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable. a verse of four measures.

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The first stanza sets the scene The second offers two bird comparisons for the music The third wonders about the content of the songs The fourth describes the effect of the songs on the speaker

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Question:    The setting of the poem is in Australia America Newzealand Scotland Question: The Solitary Reaper was Sowing seeds Watering the plants Reaping the harvest Pulling out the weeds Question: The singing of the Solitary Reaper is compared to Cuckoo and owl Cuckoo and robin b) Nightingale and peacock c) Nightingale and cuckoo Tick the correct answer

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Question: The instrument that the solitary reaper was using a)A spade b) An axe c) A sickle d) A knife Question: The central idea of the poem is: Well sung songs give us happiness melodious sounds appeal to us beautiful experiences give us life-long pleasures Question: The poet’s lament in the poem is that He cannot understand the song He did not know the lass She stopped singing at once He had to move away

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Question: The setting of the poem is Arabia Hebrides Scotland England Question : In the poem to whom does the poet say’ Stop here or gently pass’ To the people cutting corn To himself To the people who make noise To all the passers by Question: The Solitary Reaper is a narrative poem set to music. This form of verse is called a Ballad Soliloquy Monologue sonnet

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