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They Flee from Me
They Flee from Me
by Sir Thomas Wyatt


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"They Flee from Me" has some weird words ("therewith," "newfangleness") and sometimes the sentences are odd, but that's expected in something that's over four hundred years old! It is a bit confusing at first because we can't really figure out whom the speaker is talking about, but, as the poem progresses, everything becomes clear. So break out your sixteenth-century dictionary, be ready to flip around some words and phrases, and – with a little help from Shmoop – you'll be golden.

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