“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

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