The poem is full of this kind of metrical play. Whenever he tries to satisfy his hunger with fruit from the tree, the wind blows the fruit out of his reach.
However, other less favorable parallels can be drawn. Chamberlain in 1812, Wikimedia Commons. Notify me of new comments via email. The metaphor is an excellent choice in terms of the Tudor court and the possible situation to which it is attributed. By describing Henry using the allusion of Caesar, Wyatt bestows on his monarch the qualities of a reputation of greatness and incisive rule. Reuse this content.
Henry later married Boleyn after declaring his union with Catherine invalid. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Without Petrarch, there'd be no form for Wyatt to imitate, and also no form for Shakespeare to come along a century later and put his own stamp on.
Tantalus is thus doomed to spending eternity in frustration. Post to Cancel.
However, problem within the octet is revealed in line 2 as the poet tells us that he is no longer part of the hunt. Just check out line 2:. In this sense, then, Wyatt was planting his poem in ground that Petrarch had already cultivated. Lines 1-2: Thomas Wyatt's double life as poet and Tudor courtier brings to mind a famous aphorism of WH Auden's: Who list her hunt, I put him out of doubt, As well as I may spend his time in vain. He gives up due to the futility of trying to hold the wind in a net.
But a few years later, the king himself began courting Boleyn while seeking an annulment from his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.