Essay Sir Thomas Wyatt 's Whoso List For Hunt

1219 Words Nov 26th, 2016 5 Pages
A combination of Petrarch and English sonnet conventions construct love and desire in Sir Thomas Wyatt 's “Whoso List to Hunt”. However, from Petrarch 's perspective, love is transcendent and idealizes the beloved. The poet places his love on a pedestal. Desire, on the other hand, focuses on longing and frustration. The poet 's love is unwanted and injustice (Riddell). In this essay I will examine Petrarchan conventions such as the conceit, as well as illicit, thwarted, and unrequited love, and how they portray passionate pursuits. I will also explore Wyatt 's use of both Petrarchan and English sonnet structures and conventions such as conceit, and illicit, thwarted, and unrequited love. I will argue that Wyatt 's deliberate use of both Petrarchan and English sonnet conventions subvert themes present in the Petrarchan tradition. One of the many conventions of a Petrarchan sonnet is that of the conceit. “Whoso List to Hunt” uses the conceit of a hunt to illustrate the speaker 's pursuit of a woman, represented by a female deer or “hind” (1). The hunt is an excellent representation of desire; it illustrates the one-sided, predatory, and often ineffectual chase of a man to his prey. Mirroring desire as a similar strong feeling of want, the hunt also depicts power over the one being chased. Similarly, the hunt uses the Petrarchan convention of not pitying the prey (Riddell). The speaker calls others over, telling them he “[knows] where is an hind” (1). He does not…

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