Discuss the theme of love in the poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt which you have read.
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I think the theme of forsaken love is more apt for his poems. A popular theme for courtly poetry, forsaken love is often a surface theme in Wyatt’s works, though sometimes it is used to cover a deeper political sentiment. Poems which refer to abandoned lovers would be ‘Madam, Withouten Many Words’, And Wilt Thou Leave Me Thus?’, ‘Farewell, Love’, ‘What no, Perdie!’ and ‘My Heart I Gave Thee’. What typifies these poems is the traditional regretful sentiment of lost love mingled with elements of cynicism and even anger. Wyatt’s love poems have a bitter edge, which makes his work distinct from that of his predecessors, like Petrarch, and his successors, like Shakespeare. Petrarch’s sonnets have elegance, Shakespeare’s have wit, Wyatt’s have dynamism and vitality.