This is the virtual period for the poem, “I find no peace” By Sir Thomas Wyatt. The task was to answer the following questions.
1-What situation is the speaker reflecting on?
2-What metaphors and similes does he use to express his feelings?
3-How many separate paradoxes are in the poem?
4-What is the cumulative effect of so many paradoxes?
5-What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 1-4?
6-What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 5-8?
7-Why does the speaker in line 11 declare that hating himself is the consequence of loving another?
8-Why is it ironic that his “delight” is the “causer of this strife”?
9-To what extent do you think the paradoxes are an accurate expression of the feelings of a person in love, particularly in light of the fact that in the 16th century the completely free and unchaperoned meetings of lovers were not easily arranged?
10-To what extent do the paradoxes capture the agonies of the speaker?
I find no peace, and all my war is done.
I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice.
I fly above the wind, yet can I not arise;
And nought I have, and all the world I season.
That loseth nor locketh holdeth me in prison
And holdeth me not—yet can I scape no wise—
Nor letteth me live nor die at my device,
And yet of death it giveth me occasion.
Without eyen I see, and without tongue I plain.
I desire to perish, and yet I ask health.
I love another, and thus I hate myself.
I feed me in sorrow and laugh in all my pain;
Likewise displeaseth me both life and death,
And my delight is causer of this strife.
1) The speaker is very disoriented and has unclear feelings reflecting on love.
2) “I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice”
“I fly above the wind, yet can I not arise”
3) There 10 paradoxes in the poe
4) The effect that have all this paradoxes together is that contrasts the confusing feelings of the speaker towards love.
5) In lines 1-4 the topics are intranquility and passion.
6) In lines 5-8 the topics are death and prision.
7) Thomas Wyatt declares uses that paradoxe because his trying to show that loving another will hurt you as loves hurts.
8) It is Ironic due to the fact that they contradict and that delight is not the causer of strife.
9) I think that the paradoxes are an accurate expression of his feelings because when a person is in love he will feel confused but at that time as the completely free and unchaperoned meetings of lovers were not easily arranged it is rare that he felt that way.
10) The paradoxes fully capture the agonies of the speaker as they show how confused his mind was. The paradoxes show how he was suffering because of love and how he felt about love.