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A comparison of the themes of Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard Both Henry Howard and Thomas Wyatt made significant contributions towards the development of English literature during the reign of King Henry VIII Through their translations of Petrarchs work these men were responsible for introducing sonnet form into English Both Wyatt and Surrey helped to change the nature of English poetrytextbook p187 They both traveled to Italy and borrowed as well as imitated other poets and each other Instead of originating fresh themes they repeated conventional subject matter mainly focusing on idealized love Works from both poets had similar themes of confusion sadness and reflection Both Howard and Wyatt have translated sonnets written by Petrarch In these poems the speaker loves a lady but she will not permit him to declare his love textbook p192 Wyatts translation is called The Long Love and is a insightful representation of the poets dual observation of love Wyatt shows two sides of love physical and spiritual but never a bond between them He shows his confusion in line 11 And there him hideth and not appeareth wondering why he should hide his love and not profess it Howards translation is titled Love That Doth Reign and is a much more commanding version He expresses the speakers feelings as unrelinquishing relating love as lifes pinnacle achievement Although both poets relay the poem in different styles the main theme of confusion is ever present Sadness is also a theme associated with these two poets Wyatt wrote the poem Whoso List to Hunt about the love of his life Anne Boleyn This is a perfect example of a love sonnet relating the struggles of his mind and spirit in an attempt to express his situation
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