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“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…show more content…
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
“Whoso List To Hunt” by Francesco Petraca and Sir Thomas Wyatt
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“Whoso List To Hunt” “Whoso List to Hunt” was originally written in Italian by Francesco Petraca. In the 1500s Sir Thomas Wyatt had translated the original piece into an English form of an Petrarchan sonnet. Most love poems written in the Renaissance era are about the love of a man for a beautiful, unattainable woman. A good poet is a person who uses words efficiently, effectively, and gracefully which is just what Wyatt does. He uses words to help the reader learn the message sent throughout the poem, which in this case is his love for Anne Boleyn. A good poet knows how to convey the reader in the best way they can and by doing this they must have good structure and content included in their poems. A sonnet is a well constructed poem…show more content…
There are two different parts of the Petrarchan sonnet, the first 8 lines being the octave and the final six is known as the sestet. In most sonnets the octave consists of the situation while the sestet describes the situations change. Sonnets are written with many symbols, metaphors, and allusions, and each of these are shown in “Whoso List to Hunt.” A poets usage of literary terms is helpful for the reader to interpret the poem. Metaphors, and allusions are both shown in this poem. A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common. The metaphor in “Whoso List to Hunt” is the hunter and the hind. The poem says “Whoso list to hunt I know where is a hind but as for me helas, I may no more.” This compares the hunter to be the man searching for the unattainable woman, such as a hunter is chasing down a deer. A allusion is often used to summarize complex emotions or ideas in one image. The allusion in this poem is the hunter, which from the metaphor we learn is a man, is actually Thomas Wyatt. The hind, which is the unattainable woman is Anne Boleyn. Wyatt was in love with Anne Boleyn and had been chasing after her for awhile, after he learned he didn’t have a chance with her he interpreted his situation into the poem. We learn from the beginning of the poem that it was going to be about two