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‘But I, that knew what harbred in that hed’: Sir Thomas Wyatt and his Posthumous ‘Interpreters’

CATHY SHRANK

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264355
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734052 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264355.003.0014

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

‘But I, that knew what harbred in that hed’: Sir Thomas Wyatt and his Posthumous ‘Interpreters’

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This lecture presents the text of the speech about the work of English poet Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder as a translator and imitator of Petrarch delivered by the author at the 2007 Chatteron Lecture on Poetry held at the British Academy. It explores why Wyatt's critics have recurrently excavated his poetic remains to search for answers about the man who wrote them, and argues that Wyatt's works actually resist and evade confessional nature, especially when compared to the Petrarchan tradition on which he was drawing.

Keywords: Sir Thomas Wyatt; poet; Petrarch; Chatteron Lecture; British Academy

Chapter.  12647 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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