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Ray 1 Andrew Ray Dr. Timmons Later British Literature 3/25/08 Simon Lee – A Man with Nothing Never before has a poem captured the human spirit quite like “Simon Lee, the Old Huntsman.” In it, Wordsworth explains how Simon Lee, an old man with 35 years of hunting under his belt, is touched by a small act of kindness. “The tears into his eyes were brought, / and thanks and praises seemed to run.” (89-90). Using a unique rhyme, this poem is gently read and presents a delight to the reader. By analyzing this piece of literature, it can be picked apart to reveal a kind of hidden meaning that Wordsworth only wants the choice few to understand. “Simon Lee”, by its unique rhyme, tells a story of aging, hardship, and simple human charity. A retired huntsman, Simon Lee had been on the job for many years. “Full five-and-thirty years he lived / A running huntsman merry” (5-6). Being born for the job, Wordsworth explains that nothing makes Simon Lee happier than when he’s leading a hunt. “For when the chiming hounds are out, / He dearly loves their voices!” (23-24). This poem is interesting because Wordsworth takes the time to explain what Simon Lee’s job has given him over the years, and how he will never forget it. Being the last one alive at the end of his hunting era, “Old Simon to the world is left / In liveried poverty / His Master’s dead, --and no one now / Dwells in the Hall of Ivor.” (27-30). His job, as Wordsworth explains, took a lot out of him.
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