Sir Thomas Wyatt's poem "Forget not yet" is a work in the style of Francesco Petrarca, the great Italian poet who wrote hundreds of poems about a desperate, obsessive male seeking to win the love of a virtuous woman who does not return his affection. The imagery of Wyatt's poem is "Petrarchan" in a number of ways, including the following:
* Its claim that the speaker's affection is true affection (line 2).
* Its reference to the "great travail" or great labor the speaker has spent in trying to win the lady's affection (line 3).
* The references to his "suit" (wooing) and "service" in trying to win the lady (line 7).
* The (probably false) accusation that the lady has been "cruel" and "scornful" in rejecting the suitor's attentions (line 10).
* The self-pitying reference to the speaker's own "painful patience" in waiting for the lady to return his affections (11).
* The claim that the speaker means the lady no harm (line 15).
* The claim that the speaker has shown "steadfast faith" in offering his affections to the lady (19).
One way to read this poem is as a piece of ironic, subtle mockery of the desperate male speaker. In reading Petrarchan poetry, it is often wise not to take the speaker nearly as seriously as the speaker takes himself.