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Sir Thomas Wyatt

(1503-1542 / Kent / England)

Sir Thomas Wyatt
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Thomas Wyatt was born at Allington Castle in Kent, and educated at St John's College, Cambridge. While travelling as a diplomat for Henry VIII he developed his interest in Continental poetry; he was the first English poet to use the Italian forms of the sonnet and terza rima, and the French rondeau. His translation of the Penitential Psalms is based on a version by the Italian poet Pietro Aretino.

In the course of his career Wyatt served his King Henry in a variety of offices, including those of Marshal of Calais, Sheriff of Kent and Ambassador to Spain, and he was also jailed several times. His first imprisonment, in 1534, was for brawling; two years later his relationship with ... more »

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  • ''And wilt thou leave me thus?
    That hath loved thee so long
    In wealth and woe among:
    And is thy heart so strong
    As for to leave me thus?
    Say nay! say nay!''
    Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503?-1542), British poet. And Wilt Thou Leave Me Thus? (L. 7-12). . . Complete Poems [Sir Thomas Wyatt]. R. A. Rebholz, ed. (19...
  • Blame but thyself that hast misdone,
    And well deserved to have blame;
    Change thou thy way so evil begun,
    And then my lute shall sound that same:
    But if till then my fingers...
    Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503?-1542), British poet. Blame not my lute for he must sound (l. 29-35). . . Complete Poems [Sir Thomas Wyatt]. R. A. Rebholz,...
  • ''Divers doth use, as I have heard and know,
    (When that to change their ladies do begin),
    To mourn and wail and never for to lin,
    Hoping thereby to pease their painful woe.''
    Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503?-1542), British poet. Divers Doth Use (l. 1-4). . . Complete Poems [Sir Thomas Wyatt]. R. A. Rebholz, ed. (1978) Penguin Bo...
  • ''But let it pass, and think it is of kind
    That often change doth please a woman's mind.''
    Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503?-1542), British poet. Divers Doth Use (l. 13-14). . . Complete Poems [Sir Thomas Wyatt]. R. A. Rebholz, ed. (1978) Penguin ...
  • ''Farewell, Love, and all thy laws for ever:
    Thy baited hooks shall tangle me no more;
    Senec and Plato call me from thy lore,
    To perfect wealth my wit for to endeavour.''
    Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503?-1542), British poet. Farewell love and all thy laws for ever (l. 1-4). . . Complete Poems [Sir Thomas Wyatt]. R. A. Rebhol...
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  • Lindsey Wolf (11/28/2011 7:15:00 PM)

    Often overshadowed by the larger then life light of William Shakespeare, Wyatt truly lives up to his nickname as the father of the English sonnet!

  • Ipaye Israel (11/22/2008 8:30:00 AM)

    what a great poet with creative poems. Alas bad time flies but good times crawls

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