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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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  • Rookie 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!

  • Rookie 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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