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How might one interpret the poem "If Thou Wilt Mighty Be," by Sir Thomas Wyatt?

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The poem by Sir Thomas Wyatt that begins “If thou wilt mighty be” might be interpreted as follows:

Stanza one advises that anyone who wishes to be powerful should reject uncontrolled passion (1-2). He should keep himself free from enslavement to merely sensual desires (2-3). Even if a person controls a vast empire, if he is ruled by desire (especially sensual desire), then he is a slave to passion and not really in control (4-7).

Stanza two suggests that anyone who really wants to be noble and full of lofty thoughts should contemplate his Creator, God, for it is God who fashioned human beings, just as he fashioned the physical universe (8-11).God created human beings with the intention that they should be noble (12). Therefore, the only way for...

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