Poetry Analysis – Whoso List to Hunt Essay

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Poetry Analysis – Whoso List To Hunt

“Whoso List To Hunt” is a Petrarchan sonnet by Thomas Wyatt, which is known as an Italian sonnet, consisting of an octave and a sestet. This sonnet revolves around the themes of unrequited love, sexism, complexity, obsession and passion. Wyatt uses a collection of poetic techniques within the sonnet in order to display the power and desire the man has for the woman.
The structure of this sonnet corresponds to a Petrarchan sonnet. This is identified by the rhyming scheme “abba abba cde cde”. The sonnet is constructed by an octave, which are two quatrains combined then a sestet following after that.
“Whoso List To Hunt” was based in the English Renaissance period during the late 15th century to the
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This is acknowledged particularly in lines 2-4, “But for me, alas, I may no more. The Vain travail hath wearied me so sore I am of them that farthest cometh behind.” Wyatt has managed to utilise the use of punctuation especially in the second line where he has applied commas around the word “alas” then ending the sentence with a full stop giving the impression that he is breathless and expressing a fatigue status. Another technique used was the use of an assonance, repetition of vowel sounds, which is displayed in line 3, “vain travailed hath wearied me” once again depicting the hunter’s fatigue by slowing down the line. The poet also believes that many of the suitors seem to be ahead of him (including Henry VIII) and that he is the last of the pursuers, “that farthest cometh behind”. The tone of the first quatrain is quite negative as it depicts a sad and pessimistic attitude.
In the second quatrain, the narrator warns the other suitors of the futility of the hunt. The narrator in this stanza shows strong obsession and passion, demonstrating strong aspects of ‘male desire’. The second quatrain begins with the word “yet” highlighting the ‘shift’ from the previous quatrain. He has just decided to give up on

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