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They Flee from Me

They Flee from Me


by Sir Thomas Wyatt

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

Tree Line (4)

"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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