How effective do you find the metaphor of the deer and the hunt in the poem? Is the metaphor retained till the end?

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The extended metaphor of the hunt is indeed an effective one when addressing the theme of the poem and the period in which it was written.

Wyatt was an integral part of the Tudor court, and as such was frequently to accompany the king on hunting trips. Both Henry VIII and Thomas Wyatt were dynamic, energetic and handsome men in their youth and as a result were well used to the pursuit of young women as well as young hinds.

The choice of metaphor enhances the relationship between the narrator and his audience. If we see that the poem was to be presented at court, as Wyatt often did, then the sonnet contains a clear message to his monarch that Wyatt renounces his pursuit of this current ‘hind’. History indicates that the ‘hind’ was representative of the young Anne Boleyn, who was believed to have been involved with Wyatt before becoming the wife of Henry VIII.

Further emphasis of the narrator’s renouncement of his pursuit is symbolised by the imagery of t golden collar which indicates the hind as the property of Caesar. By including this reference, Wyatt shows deference to his monarch and alludes to his greatness in the comparison with Julius Caesar.