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explore the differences and similarities in WHOSO LIST TO HUNT by Thomas Wyatt and SINCE THERE'S NO HELP by michael Drayton

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Introduction

Whoso list to hunt Sir Thomas Wyatt was regarded of the most prominent poets of his epoch. Similar to Davinci and Shakespeare, he often is perceived as a remarkable individual who possessed numerous talents. Not only did he have a fascinating personal life and background but he also addresses profound issues in his poetry. 'Whoso list to hunt' evokes a sense of compassion for the poet. Thomas Wyatt expresses an intense sadness that has consumed his mind. He reveals his exhaustion and disappointment in a great chase, while still admiring a quarry that has both eluded him and is now possessed by a greater man ('Caesar'). All in sonnet form, the poem recollects his weariness in hunting a female deer. He proclaims that he will not give up, just falling further behind. His wearied mind is still game. He manifests signs of indecision and his conflicting emotions resonate with our sense of sympathy. ...read more.

Middle

Even though he is exhausted ('fainting') he still persists ('follows'). This demonstrates the measures that Wyatt is willing to go to, to attain this animal. This line has the ability to induce fervour by illustrating that the hind (woman?) is the paramount of Wyatt's desires. This may also evoke sympathy. One can also identify various deliberate shifts in the rhythmic structure. Some of these shifts such as 'helas!', are simply interjections to express regret while others are more deep rooted. In line 2, a shift is very evident: 'I may no more'. The poet has introduced a change here to highlight this key phrase. This phrase emphasises how the poet's previous endeavours have made no impact. Similarly, in line 6, the phrase 'draw from the deer' has been inserted to implement a memorable element as the poet possibly attempts to indicate his pun (deer or dear). The poet is also trying to bring to light how this phrase marks a turning point in the poem: Wyatt decides to pursue the deer once more. ...read more.

Conclusion

This poem reflects the deceptive culture in which it was composed. There are various implications and innuendoes subtly inserted. The objectification of the woman prey who is hunted if she were a forest animal reveals the sexist society of Thomas Wyatt. Women were prized as objects. The sombre tone of the poem and the strong provocative words indicates that Thomas Wyatt's love for this woman is insurmountable. In this allegory, the hind is a royal possession rather like a lady of the court. Caesar may symbolically represent Henry viii, a monarch who liked to engage in hunting and debauchery. When Henry courted Anne Boleyn he often gave her diamonds to counsel other suitors that Anne Boleyn was an object of the king's desire. The hind's collar perhaps represents the jewels and other gifts she was given which labelled her as 'royal property'. Her portrayal as an animal of the forest, wearing a collar proclaiming her ruler's ownership, may have also reflected how Henry merely branded her as a inanimate possession or a meagre tool for sex. Thomas Wyatt incorporates the ideas of masculine desire and ownership. ...read more.

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