The Act Of Chasing After Unrequited Love Essay

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The sonnet, Whoso List to Hunt, by Sir Thomas Wyatt, describes the act of chasing after unrequited love. This poem illustrates this chase through the narrator’s experience of chasing after a female deer. Specifically, the poet describes the narrator’s perspective in the first line “Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind.” This line creates the image of a man asking which people in the audience enjoys the chase for love. In addition to this question, the man reveals information to the select audience that enjoys the chase by revealing the location of an hind. Following this introduction, the sonnet establishes its tone in the lines “But as for me, alas, I may no more: The vain travail hath wearied me so sore.” With regards to that line, the sonnet utilizes somber verbs and adjectives such as vain, wearied, and sore to construct the poet’s feelings toward his futile chase for love. As this newly created melancholy mood lingers throughout the poem, my sympathetic feelings towards this beaten down poet question why the narrator continues to chase after this deer. As a result of this thought, I grasped the idea that this sonnet is also about the fixation to the chase for unrequited love. I gathered this idea from the sentence “Yet may I by no means my wearied mind Draw from the deer: but as she fleeth afore, Fainting I follow.” The first portion of this sentence to the left of the colon shows how adamantly the poet is against chasing the deer by stating that he will not…

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