The Solitary Reaper
|by William Wordsworth|
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'"The Solitary Reaper is one of Wordsworth's most famous post-Lyrical Ballads lyrics". The words of the reaper's song are incomprehensible to the speaker, so his attention is free to focus on the tone, expressive beauty, and the blissful mood it creates in him. The poem functions to 'praise the beauty of music and its fluid expressive beauty, the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" that Wordsworth identified at the heart of poetry.'
- Phillips, Brian. "SparkNote on Wordsworth's Poetry". "The Solitary Reaper." Retrieved on 18 August 2007.