The Sense of Loneliness in The Solitary Reaper


The Solitary Reaper is one of William Wordsworth’s representatives which portrays an Irish girl working and singing solitarily in a field. This poem fully reflects the loneliness of the poet. He uses varying wording and phrasing, the lonely image of the reaper, the expanding of the lonely music, and the way of expressing his loneliness to set the lonely atmosphere. Therefore, it is necessary to thoroughly illustrate the diction and rhetoric devices which help to convey the sense of loneliness of the poet.

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Niu, G. and Guo, X. (2015) The Sense of Loneliness in The Solitary Reaper. Advances in Literary Study, 3, 58-63. doi: 10.4236/als.2015.32010.

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