Analysis Of `` I Find No Peace `` By Thomas Wyatt Essay

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Sir Thomas Wyatt, a 16th century poet, not only introduced the sonnet to English literature, but blended traditional and contemporary diction into his writing. In the Wyatt “made his career in the shifting, dangerous currents of Renaissance courts, and court culture, with its power struggles, sexual intrigues, and sophisticated tastes, shaped his remarkable achievements as a poet” (Norton 646). Yet, was Wyatt’s style of writing serendipitous? Did he intend to be satirical? Sir Thomas Wyatt’s poems, “I find no peace,” “What vaileth truth?” and “Divers doth use” illustrate a sardonic tone concerning courtly love and a lost truth and this is significant because many critics believe Wyatt’s writing style was unintentional.
Courtly love played a major role in Wyatt’s poetry. He was not a fan and allegedly, had many mistresses plus a bitterness towards the concept of love. This bitterness reflects his perspective on courtly love and the ways in which tensions can arise when love turns into purely a chivalric game, as well as a means to get ahead within the court. To Wyatt, courtly love equaled to corruption. In the poem, “I find no peace,” readers can depict the paradox of courtly love with his self-loathing: “I fly above the wind, yet can I not arise, / And naught I have, and all the world I seize on. / That looseth nor locketh holdeth me in prison,” (Wyatt 3-5). It is as if Wyatt was forced to have mistresses because he could not love any other way. Like falling in love, Wyatt…

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