William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

The Solitary Reaper - Poem by William Wordsworth

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.

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.

Comments about The Solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth

  • (12/2/2018 11:10:00 PM)

    So nice yr (Report) Reply

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  • (7/16/2018 7:48:00 AM)

    Heart touching poem (Report) Reply

  • (6/1/2018 5:57:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem of wordsworth (Report) Reply

  • (1/10/2018 8:23:00 AM)

    I find this song very close to ami protidhoni suni by bhupen hazarika (Report) Reply

  • (12/22/2017 12:07:00 AM)

    solitary reaper is one of the poems by William Wordsworth which makes me remember of nature so I like this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (12/21/2017 11:50:00 PM)

    solitary reaper is one of the best poems in my best poems column. It always makes me remember of nature how it is beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2017 8:09:00 AM)

    A most beautiful melancholy poem. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/13/2017 11:58:00 PM)

    What a lovely poem...! I love it. (Report) Reply

  • Dipankar Sadhukhan (9/27/2016 12:29:00 AM)

    One of the lovestruck nature poems of all time.
    One of the loveliest nature poems of all time. (Report) Reply

  • Uzefa Rashida M.a (2/19/2016 10:34:00 AM)

    A poem all in my heart and love it for its music. (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos (12/7/2015 7:18:00 AM)

    Though the passer-by happily got tuned to a lass' song packed with folkloric themes, he could not make out the song she continued singing with a mellifluous voice.However he appreciated the song and the way she sang the traditional music indifferent to her surrounding (Report) Reply

  • Ronjoy Brahma (2/19/2015 8:51:00 AM)

    (The Solitary Reaper) is one of my favourite poem, thanks; (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2015 1:27:00 PM)

    I wish i could hear that melody that provoked such powerful emotions as to produce this master piece...i can see myself on that field beside the girl..but i cant just make out the song she singsbut i feel it anyways.. (Report) Reply

  • (9/16/2014 11:28:00 AM)

    Can somebody lease explain this poem? It is beautifully phrased but I can't seem to understand the soul of this poem: ( (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Loomes (10/12/2013 4:23:00 AM)

    How wonderful are these verses of the n=man well-named, , , who gives more than tne wordsare worth (Report) Reply

  • (7/15/2013)

    This song was evoked in my heart by Dr.Aditi Gokhale Shahane, the maid of Orleans! (Report) Reply

  • (7/12/2013 11:53:00 AM)

    One of the memorable pieces I ever read... Fabulous and haunting... (Report) Reply

  • Srimayee Ganguly (12/16/2012 5:53:00 AM)

    Enchanting, I am completely wonderstruck. While the poet encountered the maiden in the vale her song left him motionless and still but sadly, it was no longer heard. (Report) Reply

  • (9/13/2012 2:52:00 AM)

    I remember this poem, read in our school time and memorise the whole poem to get pass marks (Report) Reply

  • (7/10/2012 5:19:00 PM)

    This was one of my favorite poem which i read when i was in my school.Thanks to my english mam Muthulatha who made me understand the soul of the poem.The poem is like a saddest song which tell us a sweetest thoughts. (Report) Reply

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Read poems about / on: loss, sorrow, music, silence, spring, work, song, pain, alone

Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 17, 2001

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