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What does the speaker say in "I Find no Peace"?

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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 toying with him. Therefore, he is caught in an emotionally agonizing bond, because he can't stop loving a person who is lukewarm about him. (Petrarch's sonnet express this more...

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The speaker reflects on the paradoxical nature of his love. On the one hand, he wants to love deeply, but on the other he approaches the situation of love expecting that it will change his life completely. Thus, he describes both anticipation and trepidation. In expressing these contradictory feelings, he brings in a number of metaphors and similes, such as those of peace and war (line 1), burning and freezing (line 2), flying like a bird (line 3), and wealth and poverty (line 4). All these paradoxical metaphors, if well considered, are successful in bringing out the contrary states of the speaker’s feelings.