Analysis Of The Poem ' Whoso List Of Hunt ' By Thomas Wyatt Essay

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Thomas Wyatt’s “Whoso List to Hunt” is a poem that describes an older Hunter chasing a “deer” who he loves despite the deer having an owner. The hunter like many other people in the poem are after the deer because they wish to love her and need to be with her to express their love. Although the Hunter is deeply in love with the deer he realizes his old age is what will keep him from catching her and being with her. The poem captures the feelings of love and how many people may choose one person despite not be able to catch that said person they love from afar. In the poem, the speaker describe a difficult hunt by saying “Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind, But as for me, hélas, I may no more.” (1-2). These lines the speaker explains how an intense hunt, that is not fit for him, may be better for younger hunters. The hunt proves to be difficult later on due to the awareness the deer shows and the speed it has to avoid both the young hunters as well as the seasoned hunter. The line is to express that love is difficult for some to obtain at an older age but easier to achieve when the person is younger and has more vigor in his or her own body. It is appropriate for the speaker to say “I may no more” to show that hunts similar to the one for the hind have taken their toll on him in more ways than one. The speaker later on says “The vain travail hath wearied me so sore, I am of them that farthest cometh behind”(3-4) which expresses that although the hunt may be too…

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