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What is an analysis of Thomas Wyatt's poem "And Wilt Thou Leave Me Thus," and who is it dedicated to?

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Let us start with analyzing the poem's basic structure. The poem is comprised of four stanzas. Each stanza is six lines long, which is a sextain in poetry language. What is unique about each sextain is that each one contains a tercet. A tercet is a set of three lines. The lines do not have to always rhyme, but Wyatt makes his tercet stand out within each stanza by having the same rhyme:

That hath given thee my heart
Never for to depart,
Nother for pain nor smart;
Each stanza begins with "And wilt thou leave me thus?" That question is repeated in line 5 of each stanza, and the final line in each stanza is "Say nay, say nay!" All of this together gives each stanza the rhyme scheme of ABBBAC.
 
As for rhythm and meter, Wyatt does not stray too far from the standard iambic pentameter that tends to show up in a lot of poetry....

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