Sir Thomas Wyatt’s “ the Long Love That in my thought doth harbor”
THE LOVER FOR SHAMEFASTNESS HIDETH
HIS DESIRE WITHIN HIS FAITH-FUL HEART
THE long love that in my thought I
And in mine heart doth keep his re-
Into my face presseth with bold pretence,
And therein campeth displaying his banner.
She that me learneth to love and to suffer,
And wills that my trust, and lust’s negligence
Be reined by reason, shame, and reverence,
With his hardiness takes displeasure.
Wherewith love to the heart’s forest he fleeth,
Leaving his enterprise with pain and cry,
And there him hideth, and not appeareth.
What may I do, when my master feareth,
But in the field with him to live and die?
For good is the life, ending faithfully.
What is the conceit used by Sir Thomas Wyatt in his sonnet, “The long love that in my thought doth harbor,” and how do you think it helps him communicate his message to the lady? Remember that a conceit is a metaphor, and is a comparison in which the writer compares one thing to another.
Adress the prompt with a 300-400 word response