"I Find No Peace" by Thomas Wyatt

Topics: Love, Sonnet, Petrarch Pages: 3 (1389 words) Published: April 22, 2013
The poem of Wyatt was patterned after the Petrarchan sonnet, which has 14 lines. The rhyme scheme of the poem is divided in two groups, the first 8 lines are called the octave; and the second group is called the sestet or composed of 6 lines (Abrahams and Harpham 53). The poet used Petrarchan conceit in the opening lines of the poem. This is the type of figure of speech that was used in love poems that had been novel and effective in the Italian poetry of Petrarch. Wyatt begins the poem with “I find no peace, and all my war is done. I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice” (Abrahams and Harpham 53). These first two lines refer to a figure of speech known as oxymoron, because they describe the opposing passions that are being experienced by a courtly sufferer from the disease of love. This is a description how the contrarious passion in the lover starts and ends in “I love another, and thus hate myself” (Wyatt 9). The poet used a series of oxymoron: love and hate; sorrow and pain; death and life; delight and strife. This poem has presented a man’s despair brought about by the unrequited love he felt for the woman he desires. The poet feels contradicting emotions for the woman whom he loves so much. He feels soaring high with the passionate love he feels for the woman yet he cannot arise. He considered himself imprisoned and locked up inside because of his great love that he cannot escape from it. There are occasions when the man wanted to die to end his suffering, yet there are times he wanted to be well and strong. Wyatt was able to explain what hot and cold passion is or that kind of love that necessitates hatred of his own corporal being. Yet at the same time, there is self-affliction which can give him bliss (Bollas 28). In this poem, the poet was able to capture Petrarch’s focus on the lover’s split psyche and torment to describe his own position as an outspoken servant (Hattaway 381). In the first line, the poet found himself wanting for peace of mind...
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