The Solitary Reaper Summary
William Wordsworth

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The Solitary Reaper Overview

"The Solitary Reaper" by William Wordsworth is a lyric ballad that describes a chance encounter between a traveler and a Scottish maiden, reaping by herself on a hill in the Highlands. While there is no exchange between the two, the traveler stops and listens to the maiden as she sings her mysterious song, the beauty of which vexes the traveler even long after the experience. The poem addresses major themes such as the beauty in simplicity as well as the inherent power and beauty of music.

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