Sir Thomas Wyatt

(1503-1542 / Kent / England)

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Is It Possible


Is it possible
That so high debate,
So sharp, so sore, and of such rate,
Should end so soon and was begun so late?
Is it possible?

Is it possible
So cruel intent,
So hasty heat and so soon spent,
From love to hate, and thence for to relent?
Is it possible?

Is it possible
That any may find
Within one heart so diverse mind,
To change or turn as weather and wind?
Is it possible?

Is it possible
To spy it in an eye
That turns as oft as chance on die,
The truth whereof can any try?
Is it possible?

It is possible
For to turn so oft,
To bring that lowest which was most aloft,
And to fall highest yet to light soft:
It is possible.

All is possible
Whoso list believe.
Trust therefore first, and after preve,
As men wed ladies by licence and leave.
All is possible.

Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001

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  • Francis Lynch (5/18/2014 11:40:00 PM)

    I think he's referring to the Tudor Court in this poem. In particular, the many wives, in particular, Anne Boleyn. (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (5/18/2014 7:38:00 AM)

    Nice poem....Nothing is impossible
    If that involves struggle
    Show the way to overcome
    Really enjoy and welcome

    The love may find real option
    Hatred must be sent to pavilion
    No one must see it
    Only smile must be show to greet (Report) Reply

  • Claire Thomas (5/18/2013 5:42:00 AM)

    Haha, yes hes very dead.The quill redundant, however it appears quite modern with the repetition of the first line in each stanza.Perhaps the americans are being ironic? (Report) Reply

  • Carlos Echeverria (5/18/2012 9:03:00 AM)

    The redundancy of IS IT POSSIBLE-IS IT POSSIBLE? Sets up the IT IS POSSIBLE-ALL IS POSSIBLE counter point as a well-reasoned denouement. (Report) Reply

  • Terence George Craddock (5/18/2010 3:46:00 PM)

    Yes it is possible to be highly esteemed then fall from favour like a flash of lightning with a single incident real or imagined being cause of the fall. All is indeed possible when the human heart is an instrument of judgement. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (5/18/2009 6:38:00 AM)

    Our resident experts have pronounced on God and man in their usual far-fetched manner, which we all appreciate for their humor and insight. The 16th century was a 'time of unsettlement, ' and Wyatt's poem 'makes one really wonder about higher ups in leadership' (leaders) ? How about the 20th century and the millions of people lost in wars and famines? I'd say that century had more people 'high and low' whose wariness about sudden change was truly warranted. Have you noticed a 'high-voltage artistic output' in modern times? (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (5/18/2009 5:31:00 AM)

    When I lived in London I used to like looking at the Tudor protraits in the National Gallery. It struck me how wary and suspicious many of the faces were. It was indeed a time for high and low to be wary of sudden changes. It was a time of unsettlement in many ways - perhaps it was that which produced such a high-voltage artistic output. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Poewhit (5/18/2009 5:11:00 AM)

    Poem seems to capture the diverse nature of man. From loftiness to baseness. At the end it seems to intone GODS ways, ' that all things are possible with GOD ' Then making light of marriage. I found the first part funny capturing the big debate but in short time. Makes one really wonder about higher ups in leadership (Report) Reply

  • Michael Harmon (5/18/2009 12:24:00 AM)

    As I have suggested before with 'The Poem of the Day', perhaps before making a comment one should read the poet's 'biography' and find out if the poet is dead. The probability of that is quite high. From the few weeks that I've been on PH, most of the 'Poem(s) of the Day' have been written by those who have joined the 'Dead Poet's Society'.

    :) (Report) Reply

  • Matthew Leggett (5/18/2008 10:33:00 AM)

    haha i love the people commenting and telling Wyatt he's great, and that he should keep up the work and write more. lol, you're only 500 years late! (Report) Reply

  • Kristin Davis (5/18/2006 6:20:00 PM)

    Dear Wyatt,
    Just wanted to compliment you on this piece! Smooth, quick and quite enjoyable! Thanks for sharing! Look forward to reading some more.

    Until then,
    Kristin (Report) Reply

  • E. Nelson (5/18/2005 6:28:00 AM)

    Heh. I'd think this was derivative of Ginsburg if it wasn't written in the 1500's. The repetition is a little boring. (Report) Reply

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