How does Wordsworth's poem “Simon Lee: The Old Huntsman" depict social change—as a positive or negative force?

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In Wordsworth's "Simon Lee: the Old Huntsman," the poet presents the reader with an example of how social change (in this case) is a negative force.

There was a time in England when manor homes were grand, employing a multitude of servants to carry out tasks from housekeeping and gardening, to caring for the stables and even organizing the hunt for the members of the upper class.

Simon, it seems, was the man who organized the hunt: he made it exciting for the participants:

No man like him the horn could sound,

And hill and valley rang with glee

When Echo bandied, round and round,

The halloo of Simon Lee. 

This passage indicates that Simon roused those on the hunt with the blowing of the horn and his call. Use of "glee" indicates the pleasure that spread throughout the surrounding areas under the direction of Simon.  And Simon personally loved the hunt—aside from the service he provided his "betters." 

Full five-and-thirty years he lived

A running huntsman merry...


He all the country...

(The entire section contains 617 words.)

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