the solitary reaper

“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.”

This slowly unravels veshches like:

The terror in france > wordsorth was in france when it happened, he was horrified with the violence

in the french revolution wordsworth like many revels dropped university to read poetry & literature

blake supported the french revolution as well. but he was a bit paranoid

they supported revolution because they thought england was corrupt

no care system or supporting network for urban workers

French revolution inspires the idea that these leaders should lose their heads

Poetry, profecy, god to destroy england

you go to nature to rejuvenate yourself, recherché

all of this things that characterised, must be transcended with the ethical rejuvenation of nature

we cant only perceive nature but half create and half perceive. Convert it into something more than simply nature

fabricated constructed nature – because the minute a human comes in it is not nature anymore

pantheistic nature where everything is connected, you find the “one life” something deeply interfused. it dwells in the alma of man/men. so we don’t have to depend in an after life

an ultimate river runs through everything, everything is connected, rivers, birds, even the mind of men but we have forgotten

pantheistic intermining whole

people want destruction and they don’t know why. children killing animals

negative way of relating with the spirit in the woods – killing animals

the hermit – el hermitano

Landscaping of the land and not seeing the fist of man on it 10~ seeing pastoral farms but they are not pastoral farms

He is imaginating things but he is not entering the socio political reality

he is a hermit – no to capitalisation

he is a posh kid

He is also renouncing his sexual extravaganza he had in france

now desire serves a moral purpose = connecting to nature viz. the nurse

this images of Nature allows him to reconnect past pleassures, good deeds he did, acts of kindness & love — and a blessed mood

serenity is his mood

contradiction: how can you be a living soul if you are not tightened with your body

in that state he can see the ultimate pantheistic unity of things

seeing into the one life – ultimate source of material things

but what if this is a fiction of my mind

contrasting the joy he felt in this vision, that was just a remember of nature

you must be able to act spontaneously but he can not because the world restrains him

he identifies with the wondering power of the river that runs through everything

perplex is his sentiment because for 5 years he kept that memory in his mind and now since he changed the image also changed

must people travel not to see the world but to run away from something

five years late he reflects upon it

he is no longer a thoughtless yout but he hears in often times the voice

and now that he admits the reachedness of humans, that no revolution can solve. he becomes a political

all this is because he feels this sense sublime

but this soul is also your soul too when you are transported. He found his connection

but it is not that easy, just renounce politics. we discover he is speaking with his sister, he gives that solution to her

dorothy, her eyes will remain wild , he is lost the image of nature

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