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Thomas Wyatt

In his essay on the concept of ôtruthö in WyattÆs works, Hobson (1997) maintains that Truth is a crucial term in the poetry of Sir Thomas Wyatt, ôThe word and its derivatives, with closely related terms like ætrustÆ and æfaith,Æ and their derivatives and opposites, appear in nearly 50 percent of his poemsàTheir frequency in Wyatt is an index of the importance of a cluster of ideas: truth in its various senses, particularly the value and power of truthö (230). In ôDivers Doth Useö, an Italian sonnet, Wyatt focuses on the untruth of womenÆs affections. A poet often used word choice to help convey the meaning, tone, and attitude of a poem with greater emphasis and emotional force. It is for such uses that Thomas Wyatt carefully crafts his choice of words in ôDivers Doth Use.ö The speaker of the poem exhibits a negative attitude toward the nature of womenÆs love. He tells us of the ways of women in love and one, in particular, who abandoned him. The speaker argues that he will not cry, lament, or be sad in the poem, despite the ways of women in love, but through his use of word choice Wyatt illustrates a speaker who is crying, lamenting, and sad over the untruthfulness of his beloved.

The speaker in this sonnet informs us of the reaction of men who lose the affection of their lady. Wyatt structures the sonnet into three sections. The first and second sections discuss the two primary ways many men act when they lose the affection of a women who formerly loved them, and the last section illustrates a third way of reacting, that of the speaker. The first kind of reaction is for men to ômourn and wail, and never for to linö (Wyatt 19). In addition to these men who are sad and cry, there is a second type of man that gets angry at such women and try to plead with them to love them again, ôThey call them false [women] and think with words to win / The hearts of them which otherwher


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