Sir Thomas Wyatt
"They Flee From Me"
- brought the sonnet to English literature
- born at Allington, Kent, in 1503
- over six feet tall, both handsome and physically strong
- possibly had an affair with Anne Boleyn
- imprisoned for adultery
Sir Thomas Wyatt "They flee from me" Poem animation
- "They" refers to women. An extended metaphor in the first stanza compares the woman to a deer. She sought "food" from his hand until she was tame but forgot about him and sought "food" elsewhere.
- In the second stanza he remembers all the times with the girl, especially one time where she sought him in vivid and sensual detail.
- The third stanza compares the past to how the girl treats him now. It compares the past stanza to being almost a dream but he assures that it was real.