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Wordsworth and his the Soliatry Reaper2016-12-23

Well, it seems to be the last time for our discussion. Recently I read Wordsworth's the Solitary Reaper and was deeply impressed by his beautiful words and his oriental perspective of natural values. In the poem, by comparing the girl’s song with the chanting of nightingale and cuckoo bird, Wordsworth vividly manifests how sweet the girl sings. On the other hand, combining the strain metioned in the first stanza with repetition of words referring to solitude,Wordsworth creates a desolate and forsaken atmosphere. I find it a bit contradictive but soon I explain it from the perspective of romanticism: the beauty of the song refers to the beauty of nature. On the other hand, since this poem is composed in 1800s during the first industrialization, maybe this solitary reaper refers to traditional soil cultivation way replaced by machines which makes it solitary and melancholy.

Actually, I also do some research on what scholars said on this issue of what the theme is  and what the song stands for. Scholars nowadays have studied the poem, The Solitary Reaper from the perspective of feminism, ecologism and post-colonialism. Some based on British history infer that the battle refers to the war between Scotland and England in 13th century. Therefore, they discuss the poem from the perspective of post-colonialism and regards the song as the Erse culture oppressed by England. He Hongwei  connects the poem with Christianity. He explains that the song in the poem as the psalm and the girl as an angel representing redemption. He interprets the novel from a novel perspective and has made marvelous contribution. However, I found that his discussion mainly focuses on the first two stanzas. The rest stanzas, especially what the battle stands for in Christianity are neglected.
So, I got a bit confused. Is anyone here free now so as to answer this question?Hope it's not too late anyway~
 

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