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How might one interpret the poem "Your Looks So Often Cast,"by Sir Thomas Wyatt?

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The poem by Sir Thomas Wyatt that begins “Your eyes so often cast” might be interpreted as follows.

This is a poem in which a speaker addresses someone – perhaps even himself – and tells that person that the person’s sensual desires are plainly obvious, no matter how much the person tries to hide or disguise them. The impassioned person is, after all, constantly looking at the object of his desires (1-4). His

sight [is] fixed so fast,

Always one to behold . . . (3-4)

Even though the impassioned person tries to hide his passion, observers can clearly see who controls that person’s heart and for whom he cares (4-7). Apparently the impassioned person seeks to hide his desire either because he is ashamed of such desire or because he fears that the person he desires will reject him (or perhaps for both...

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