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My Lute Awake (analysis).....Second Year

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My Lute Awake (analysis).....Second Year

مُساهمة من طرف Gleam في الجمعة أكتوبر 14, 2011 9:47 am



Hi everybody !

Today we'll discuss (My lute awake) By Wyatt
If u are a second year student u will find this topic interesting


The Lover complaineth the unkindness of his


MY lute, awake, perform the last
Labour, that thou and I shall waste;
And end that I have now begun:
And when this song is sung and past,
My lute, be still, for I have done. 5
As to be heard where ear is none;
As lead to grave in marble stone;
My song may pierce her heart as soon.
Should we then sigh, or sing, or moan?
No, no, my lute, for I have done. 10
The rocks do not so cruelly
Repulse the waves continually,
As she my suit and affection:
So that I am past remedy;
Whereby my lute and I have done. 15
Proud of the spoil that thou hast got
Of simple hearts through Love’s shot,
By whom unkind thou hast them won:
Think not he hath his bow forgot,
Although my lute and I have done. 20
Vengeance shall fall on thy disdain,
That makest but game on earnest pain;
Think not alone under the sun
Unquit to cause thy lovers plain;
Although my lute and I have done. 25
May chance thee lie withered and old
In winter nights, that are so cold,
Plaining in vain unto the moon;
Thy wishes then dare not be told:
Care then who list, for I have done. 30
And then may chance thee to repent
The time that thou hast lost and spent,
To cause thy lovers sigh and swoon:
Then shalt thou know beauty but lent,
And wish and want as I have done. 35
Now cease, my lute, this is the last
Labour, that thou and I shall waste;
And ended is that we begun:
Now is this song both sung and past;
My lute, be still, for I have done. 40






In the poem Wyatt is playing his lute for the woman he loves one final time. He seems to know his efforts to win her over are fruitless: ‘Labour that thou and I shall waste’, but he continues because he wants to finish what he has started: ‘end that I have now begonne’ and then he can finish trying to woo her altogether: ‘And when this song is song and past:/ My lute be still for I have done’.
His song falls on deaf ears: ‘As to be heard where ear is none’. Wyatt is again reiterating that his efforts are fruitless with a simile comparing his efforts to engraving marble with lead: ‘As lead ti grave in marble stone’. His frustration grows as he contemplates whether or not to continue despite his failures. However, he determines that he has completed his task: ‘No, no, my lute for I have done’.
Wyatt then contemplates the cruelty of rejection, using violent images, such as the waves crashing against the rocks. This metaphor conveys the image of the woman he is pursuing as a cold character: she is as hard and impenetrable as rock, suggesting she has no emotions or won’t allow people to come close to her emotionally.
This harsh image prevails in the following verse, where the woman seems proud that she has broken so many hearts. The imagery of war is used: ‘spoil’, ‘shot’, ‘thou hast won’ and ‘bow’. Using such a metaphor invokes images of the destruction of war and the cruelty of the victor. Indeed those whose hearts have been broken are portrayed as vulnerable victims : ‘simple hearts’. However, there is a warning at the end of the verse: ‘Think not he hath his bow forgot’. This refers to Cupid and the possibility that the woman could one day fall victim to love herself.
The next verse turns ever more vengeful following this warning. Wyatt talks of situation reversal for the woman who ‘makest but game on earnest payne’. He states that she is not the only person who can cause their lovers pain: ‘Think not alone under the sunne/ Unquit to cause thy lovers pain’. When grouped together Wyatt’s warnings are giving the woman he simple message that she too can fall victim to love (‘his bow forgot’) and if this happens she too may fall for someone who, like her, coldly rejects their lover’s advances. We can gather from the warning tone that Wyatt thinks this a fitting situation, a punishment for her treatment of others.
Wyatt then contemplates the lady’s future, and envisions her old and alone. When he talks of ‘winter nights that are so cold’ we think of the opposing situation, which is those couple snuggled up together keeping each other warm. This works to emphasise her loneliness by reminding us of the happiness and company the lady could have had. In Wyatt’s vision the woman lies there complaining and there is a hint that her situation has made her realise that she did want a partner after all: ‘Thy wishes then dare not be told’. She dares not reveal her wishes because she realises she has been a fool and that she could have fulfilled her wishes but for her cruel actions. This is confirmed in the following verse as Wyatt advances his theory that she will realise what she has missed out on and will become like those she rejected: ‘wish and want as I have done’.
The final verse is a mirror of the first. Instead of awakening his lute Wyatt asks his lute to ‘cease’ as he has now ‘ended’ what he had begun in the first verse. His song is ‘song and past’ as opposed to the first verse where he had not begun to sing his song: ‘when this song is sung and past’. The verse ends with a repetition of the final line of the first verse: ‘My lute be still for I have done’, showing that Wyatt has achieved what he first set out to do. This line also adds a finality to his infatuation.
Throughout the poem Wyatt becomes increasingly detached from his feelings towards this woman. This progresses through the final line of each verse. Indeed the repetition of ‘I have done’ at the end of each verse shows that these lines are a linked progression of Wyatt’s emotional state.
In the first instance: ‘No, no, my lute for I have done’ Wyatt is in danger of continuing his song ie continuing his infatuation. The panicked tone of ‘No, no’ shows he nearly falls into this trap but determines not to. Wyatt then concludes that he has ‘past remedy’, meaning he is beyond returning to this woman’s cold rejection and as such ‘my lute and I have done’; Wyatt is more solidly confirming he is done with this woman. However, he assures the woman that even though he is no longer interested in pursuing her affection this does not mean she is “off the hook” with regards to her cruel actions. This is conveyed at the end of the forth verse following his first warning: ‘Although my lute and I have done’ ie although Wyatt has stopped his pursuit the woman is still in danger of falling in love herself.
Wyatt progresses to a more nonchalant tone by the end of the next verse: ‘Care then who list, for I have done’. Here Wyatt invites those who want to care about the woman in her old and lonely state to do so, but the clear implication is that Wyatt himself does not care. This is the final phase of Wyatt’s recovery from his broken heart and this is confirmed in the ending of the next verse, which changes from the repetition of previous verses to: ‘And wish and want as I have done’. The use of the past tense with regards to his feelings confirms Wyatt’s emotional recovery. The final line again adds finality to this phase in Wyatt’s life confirming he has achieved what he set out to do.






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