Sir Thomas Wyatt

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Wyatt, Sir Thomas,

1503–42, English poet and statesman, father of Sir Thomas Wyatt. He served in various capacities under Henry VIII and was knighted in 1536. It is generally agreed he had been the lover of Anne Boleyn before her marriage to the king. Greatly influenced by the works of the Italian love poets, Wyatt produced the first group of sonnets in English, modeled chiefly after Petrarch. Besides sonnets, he wrote lyrics, rondeaus, satires, and a paraphrase of the penitential psalms. None of his poems appeared in his lifetime. Ninety-six, however, were published in Tottel's Miscellany (1557), an important early anthology.


See his collected poems edited by K. Muir (1949).

Wyatt, Sir Thomas,

c.1520–54, English soldier and conspirator; son of the poet Sir Thomas Wyatt. In Jan., 1554, when Queen Mary's intention to marry Philip II of Spain was announced, Wyatt joined a planned insurrection against the queen. His allies in other parts of the country were arrested or dispersed, but Wyatt raised a small army in Kent. Troops were sent against him at Rochester, but most of them deserted to Wyatt's side. He set out for London and arrived early in February, but defections and the loyalty of Londoners to Queen Mary prevented him from capturing her and taking the city. He surrendered and was executed as a traitor. It was supposed by many that Princess Elizabeth was involved, but Wyatt's last statement exonerated her.
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Some thirty years later the picture is different; the most famous evidence is the poetry of Sir Thomas Wyatt, a body of work that includes some two dozen English versions of poems from Petrarch's Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta, and a comparable number of translations from more recent Italian and French poets writing under Petrarch's unmistakable influence.
Joost Daalder, Sir Thomas Wyatt: Collected Poems (London, 1975), 97: 'when a clock was constructed to celebrate the arrival of Anne of Cleves .
Harrier, The Canon of Sir Thomas Wyatt's Poetry (Cambridge, Mass., 1975), 22.
6 Kenneth Muir, Life and Letters of Sir Thomas Wyatt (Liverpool, 1963), 192, 196-7.
Poet who, with Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-42), introduced into England the styles and meters of the Italian humanist poets and so laid the foundation of a great age of English poetry.
Foxwell, A Study of Sir Thomas Wyatt's Poems (London, 1911), 125-35.
1554 Sir Thomas Wyatt's rebellion (Jan), followed by imprisonment of Elizabeth in the Tower (March 17th).
Charles I, for example, is shown wearing a "stiletto," the Earl of Essex a "square cut," an unknown sitter a "swallowtail," and Sir Thomas Wyatt a "sugarloaf" (see figs.
It was introduced in England by Sir Thomas Wyatt in the 16th century.
A more clinching passage from Gower, as it then seemed to me, is quoted on page 334 of Sir Thomas Wyatt: A Literary Ponrait:
Early English Tudor poet, associated with Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Earl of Surrey.