The Solitary Reaper is a delightful lyric by William Wordsworth. William Wordsworth is known as a great lover and preacher of nature. He impresses us by the imaginative and philosophical quality of his thoughts.
It was written when the poet is travelling through the scottish highlands. while crossing a valley,
the poet heard a beautiful voice of a young lass singing a song which was probably sad. this highland lass was also reaping grain in the field and singing a song at the same time.
The poet was amazed by the sweetness of her voice and the beauty of her song.
The notes of the song were very sad and he assumed that she was probably singing about history and things that happened long ago, or some sadness that has happened in her own time and will happen again.
She was singing really attracts the poet and he compared it with the voice of cuckoo bird and nightingale. The poet also thinks her song is more musical than that of a nightingale or a spring bird Cuckoo. the song seemed to be endless. the whole valley was ringing with her sweetness sound.
The poet is greatly impressed by the sadness and the wistfulness of the song that he hears, and feels that it has created an unforgettable impression upon his mind.
The poet stood still and listened to that golden voice for some time. After words, when he was climbing the hill he could not hear that song any longer. But he was still feeling the sweet vibrations of that music in his heart. The sweet memory of that song had become a permanent source of joy.