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Discuss the relationship between the structure, imagery, meter, etc. and the content of Sir Thomas Wyatt's "I find no peace, and all my war is done." Here is the poem : Sir Thomas Wyatt, "I find no...

Discuss the relationship between the structure, imagery, meter, etc. and the content of Sir Thomas Wyatt's "I find no peace, and all my war is done."

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Sir Thomas Wyatt, "I find no peace, and all my war is done"

I find no peace, and all my war is done.
I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice.
I fly above the wind, yet can I not arise;
And nought I have, and all the world I season.
That loseth nor locketh holdeth me in prison
And holdeth me not--yet can I scape no wise--
Nor letteth me live nor die at my device,
And yet of death it giveth me occasion.
Without eyen I see, and without tongue I plain.
I desire to perish, and yet I ask health.
I love another, and thus I hate myself.
I feed me in sorrow and laugh in all my pain;
Likewise displeaseth me both life and death,
And my delight is causer of this strife.

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In Sir Thomas Wyatt's poem, "I find no peace, and all my war is done," the reader has a sense of a man conflicted by the world around him.

This poem is written as a Petrarchan (Italian) sonnet (with an eight-line octave, and a six-line sestet). The rhyme scheme appears to be ABBA ABBA CDDC EE, which is a variation of the Petrarchan sonnet. (It is interesting to note that Wyatt introduced the sonnet form in English, from the original Italian).

Regarding the structure of the poem in terms of language, Wyatt chooses contradictions which provide the reader with the author's sense of being pulled between two extremes, as a conflicted person would feel (back and forth).

The line below speaks to a man no longer at war, but unable to find peace.

I find no peace, and all my war is done.

The contradictions of the next several lines demonstrate the "back and forth" motion of wanting to be hopeful, but being fearful instead (I fear and hope), or wanting the positive, but held back—at the same...

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