I Find no Peace BY SIR THOMAS WYATT
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-What situation is the speaker reflecting on?
The speaker reflects on his twisted feelings about love. He is very confused due to his suffering and still cannot feel happy.
2-What metaphors and similes does he use to express his feelings?
“I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice”.
“I find no peace, and all my war is done.”
3-How many separate paradoxes are in the poem?
There are almost 10 different paradoxes in the poem portraying the speaker´s opposed and twisted feelings, giving a very contrasting image.
4-What is the cumulative effect of so many paradoxes?
All the paradoxes show the effect that love has on the speaker, as a consequence of playing him, it is left clear the power it has. The speaker has no real idea of what he has to do, as he does not understand his feelings.
5-What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 1-4?
Passion and restlessness.
6-What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 5-8?
Mind Imprisonment and Isolation.
7-Why does the speaker in line 11 declare that hating himself is the consequence of loving another?
In this line, Wyatt uses a paradox, to show that for him, loving somebody always involves hurting himself.
8-Why is it ironic that his “delight” is the “causer of this strife”?
This is ironic because they contradict each other. Delight is not a cause of strife, it is a cause of pleasure and joy.
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?
The paradoxes capture the agonies of the speaker at a full extent. He is very damaged and frustrated by love. He has no peace due to love twist and mixed feelings. All of these statements make a conflicted speaker.