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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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From a fragment of poetry comes this evocative novel woven around the poet Sir Thomas Wyatt's love for Anne Boleyn.
The first English translator of a work from Plutarch's Moralia was the courtier and poet Thomas Wyatt, who offered an English version of Plutarch's De tranquillitate animi (Plutarch's Book of the Quiet of Mind) to Queen Katherine as a New Year's gift in 1528.
The painting depicts a hot-blooded youth, Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger, whose father was the reputed lover of Anne Boleyn, something which would not have endeared Wyatt senior to the King.
Thomas Wyatt, a well known architect of the 19th century, was commissioned to build the home in 1871 for Philip Pennant Pearson, who inherited some land that had belonged to famous naturalist and travel writer Thomas Pennant.
In the third row, from left, are HM1 Aaron Sill, HM1 Thomas Wyatt, HM2 (SW) Chris Acra, CS1 (SW) Joseph Scatina.
His latest role as an executioner will see him "beheading" Thomas Wyatt and the Earl of Sussex and was filmed on location at Alnwick Castle.
Sir Thomas Wyatt's translations and imitations of Petrarch mark the beginning of the English Renaissance encounter with Petrarchism as a literary movement.
In her final chapter Robinson demonstrates "applications," the revisions of the Foxean scheme that the plays undertook to accommodate current affairs as these could be represented through recounting past decades, as did Dekker and Webster's Sir Thomas Wyatt.
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In 1839, Poe had allowed his name to be used as nominal author, for copyright reasons, for Thomas Wyatt's Conchologist's First Book, a book that drew its material without acknowledgment from an earlier book by Captain Thomas Brown.(15) In this story, Poe seems to be asserting that all art is a copy of something that has come before, although the copying process may, to sensitive nostrils, smell.
Colin Burrows takes up the issue of "'Horaces'" with a spirited account of Sir Thomas Wyatt's Horatianism avant la lettre, and finds him used not as the poet of Epicurean otium, but as a vehicle for satire on the intrigues of Henry VIII's court.