How does the allusion to the deer have a double meaning in the poem?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In the poem "Whoso List to Hunt", the writer, Sir Thomas Wyatt, describes a hunt in which he is pursuing a deer, only to discover that the object of the chase is off-limits to him because she belongs to the owner of the land.  Critics generally agree that the poem is an allegory whereby the deer represents Anne Boleyn, who reputedly had been an object of the poet's desire. 

In the first four lines of the poem, Wyatt says that he knows where there is "an hind," or a female deer, if anyone is interested in hunting.  He describes himself, however, as being "of them that farthest cometh behind," having...

(The entire section contains 330 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team