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The Word "Wild"

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In the poetry of love and desire, the concept of wildness can often have connotations of unbridled passion ' a very sensual and physical way of losing oneself in lust. However, here Wyatt takes the word 'wild', with all of its overtones in such poetry, to instead represent a change in a relationship from mutual trust to frantic fear. Here, the hunting imagery that is so often a theme in his, and other, Petrarchan-influenced poetry is inverted in the first two lines: instead of he as a masculine figure doing the hunting, 'they' 'seek' the speaker, and come 'stalking in [his] chamber'. However, those that were once tame, who once sought him out in a very deliberate way, have now become 'wild', and almost ...

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