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How would Sir Thomas Wyatt's poem, "The Long Love..." compare to  the Earl of Surrey's poem of "Love, that doth reign and live"? How would these poems compare in terms of imagery, word choice and style?

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Both Wyatt’s poem and Howard’s are translations into English of a poem originally written by the Italian poet Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch). The poem is number 140 of Petrarch’s collection of poems called the Rime sparse (Scattered Rhymes). In all three poems, Cupid, the god of selfish desire, is mocked for his cowardice when he is faced with determined opposition by a virtuous woman.

Wyatt’s style is usually considered rougher and less smoothly flowing (less “mellifluous”) than Howard’s. Wyatt’s poems often seem a bit...

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