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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Sir Thomas Wyatt fills his poem “Farewell Love and all thy Laws for ever” with interesting figures of speech. The entire poem is an example of apostrophe, for the speaker directly addresses love as...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 4:25 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Supposedly, this is a sonnet written about Thomas Wyatt's failed suit for the hand of Anne Boleyn—who, of course, was to marry King Henry VIII and, later, was beheaded on his orders. The poet...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2019 8:27 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Thomas Wyatt writes this poem to express his ambivalent feelings about love. Love for him is a paradox, a state of being that is full of contradictions. Some of the contradictory emotions he has...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018 9:53 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

The theme of this poem is love and the uncertainty and difficulty that comes with love. In the poem, the author is asking a series of rhetorical questions about the ways in which love can seem...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2010 1:16 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Sir Thomas Wyatt’s poem beginning “The long love” and Henry Howard’s poem beginning “Love, that doth reign” are highly similar, mainly because both translate poem 140 from the Rima sparse...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2012 8:37 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

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...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2017 11:05 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

The theme of "Blame Not My Lute" is in keeping with the courtly love poetry that he learned while on a diplomatic trip to Italy and tells of love within the "love is like war" Petrarchian love...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2010 8:56 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

The structure of Wyayy's poem, in iambic (x/) trimeter (three metric feet x/ x/ x/), is four sestets in am atypical rhyme scheme of a b b b a c, with subsequent stanzas replacing /b/ with /d, e, f/...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2011 5:17 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542) usually wrote his poems in sonnet form, specifically, in the Italian or Petrarchan form, but in the case of "Is It Possible," he chose a form, or variant of a form,...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2013 4:05 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Recently having read Sir Thomas Wyatt's sonnet, "The Long Love," and Henry Howard's "Love that doth reign and live," I would suggest that though both men choose to love, they also prefer to avoid...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2011 10:02 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Thomas Wyatt's sonnets express problems with love, and this one is no exception. The speaker first says there are three kinds of birds: those that see clearly by light of day, those that see well...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019 8:17 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

This is one of Wyatt's most famous poems, but the language can indeed be a little impenetrable. Roughly rendered in modern English, the poet is saying: Will you leave me like this? Say no, say no,...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019 1:37 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

The response below suggests that Wyatt is writing a parody of Petrarch's Sonnet 140. This may not be the correct term, since parody involves a critical distancing from, or even mockery of, the...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2018 9:28 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Sir Thomas is sailing out the Tagus River that runs through Lisbon, Portugal. Portugal was then under Spanish dominion, and Sir Thomas has just fulfilled a diplomatic mission for King Henry VIII as...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018 11:43 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. Additional questions should be posted separately.] Sir Thomas Wyatt's "The Long Love" and Henry Howard, the Earl of Surrey's...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2011 6:24 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

This is a poem composed of fourteen lines, so arguably it is a sonnet. However, its structure and rhyme scheme do not quite mark it out as either a Petrarchan sonnet or its cousin, the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020 7:48 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

This question you ask hits upon a complex point in criticism of Wyatt's work. Critics generally agree that Wyatt spoke in his poems with a duplicity that veiled a social or political or cultural...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2011 2:00 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

In Sir Thomas Wyatt's poem, "I find no peace, and all my war is done," the reader has a sense of a man conflicted by the world around him. This poem is written as a Petrarchan (Italian) sonnet...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2010 12:36 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Imagery can be of two sorts: trope and scheme. Imagery refers to the word and phrase choices a writer makes to inspire mental pictures or visions of his poem or prose that make his work live in the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2010 6:59 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

This poem is a translation of Petrarch's sonnet 104, "I find no peace, and yet I make no war." In Wyatt's sonnet, as in Petrarch's, the narrator goes up and down emotionally because his beloved is...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2018 3:17 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Wyatt's choice of imagery in this poem of betrayed love portrays physical action, which would fall in the category of imagery of motion or kinesthetic sensation (Wheeler). Some of these images are...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2012 6:13 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Irony and paradox appear frequently in the poetry of Sir Thomas Wyatt, and certainly they appear in his poems “Farewell love” and “They Flee From Me.” In “Farewell love,” the chastened speaker bids...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2012 8:34 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542) was a prolific poet in the early sixteenth century. He is credited with introducing the Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet to English literature. As your question suggests,...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020 12:33 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Wyatt’s contributions to both the English Renaissance and English Literature were extremely significant. As the son of Henry Wyatt, a Privy Councillor in the court of Henry VII, Thomas Wyatt grew...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2013 9:16 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

In "So Cruel Prison," Henry Howard begins by lamenting his imprisonment at Windsor, in the very castle where he used to play as a child and where he spent his formative years as a young man. Howard...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2020 9:08 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Sir Thomas Wyatt did have some troubles in his lifetime but it is possible that the tone of his poems also reflect that which is considered his greatest contribution to English poetry. After...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2010 8:24 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

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...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2011 4:25 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

"Forget Not Yet" is a poem that is based around the desire of the speaker to commend himself to his lover as he talks about the many hardships he has faced and the sufferings he has endured to...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2011 6:41 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

In this poem, the speaker has just suffered the loss of his lover's affections, who has just completely changed her mind about him and her love for him. The emotional impact of this is summarised...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2011 6:01 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Important to understanding this poem by Wyatt is the title that he has given this verse: "The Lover Excuseth Him of Words Wherewith He was Unjustly Charged." Let us remember that so many of Wyatt's...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2011 6:34 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

We don't know the exact circumstances alluded to in this particular poem, but we can offer a general context for Wyatt's poetry. He was a courtier to King Henry VIII of England in the first half of...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2019 9:23 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

This is one of the most famous of all of Wyatt’s poems. The speaker of the poem is a man who is now forsaken by the women who, at one time, used to seek him out, presumably for erotic encounters....

Latest answer posted June 27, 2011 2:21 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

This poem, which is also titled, "That Right Cannot Govern Fancy," and describes the attempts of the speaker to win the heart of a particularly cruel woman. Even though the poem begins by stating...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2011 5:54 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Excellent work by your fellow student. This is not quite a Shakespearean quote, nor is it a correct quote. It is, indeed, from a sonnet written by Sir Thomas Wyatt. The sonnet, like so many from...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2010 2:15 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

There is a lot of material available on Wyatt which usefully explores the social and political context of his writings. Also, there are helpful explorations on the structural significance of...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2013 4:02 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

The double sonnet by Sir Thomas Wyatt that begins “The flaming sighs that boil within my breast” might be interpreted as follows. The opening lines use conventional imagery, derived from the great...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2011 2:13 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Imagery in a poem is the use of words to create images. For example, the poet may use sensory details to describe how things look, taste, and smell. Figurative language is used to paint a more...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2012 12:12 pm UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Nothing much complicated here. The speaker tells his lady love not to blame the instrument he uses (a lute in this case) for the song of complaint he is singing about her: My Lute and strings may...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2009 4:33 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Some say this ode is written to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, whom Wyatt pursued and was imprisoned for pursuing. Whether or not Anne Boleyn is the subject, the poem is a sonnet addressed...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018 11:55 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

The poem by Sir Thomas Wyatt that begins “If thou wilt mighty be” might be interpreted as follows: Stanza one advises that anyone who wishes to be powerful should reject uncontrolled passion (1-2)....

Latest answer posted December 20, 2011 1:12 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

Sir Thomas Wyatt was a member of Henry VIII's court and imprisoned - more than once - in the Tower of London. When Fortune Smiles Not,Only Patience Comforteth is an ode, very popular in The...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2013 11:56 am UTC

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

The poem by Sir Thomas Wyatt that begins “Your eyes so often cast” might be interpreted as follows. This is a poem in which a speaker addresses someone – perhaps even himself – and tells that...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2011 2:43 am UTC

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