They Flee from Me
by Sir Thomas Wyatt
They Flee from Me Resources
Hmm, we guess this means he's a luminary.
A detailed page devoted to Henry VIII, to whom Wyatt was a trusted advisor. That is, you know, until Wyatt was accused of an affair with Henry's wife.
Wyatt's poems first appeared in this book, which has an adorably goofy title, if we may say so.
Here, a rather creepily animated portrait of Thomas Wyatt recites the poem for your (dis)pleasure.
Well, we can't hear it in the voice of long-deceased Wyatt, but at least poet Geoffrey Hill is around to help us out.
A very famous drawing of Thomas Wyatt. What a beard!
Thomas Wyatt's son, who was executed for his role in a rebellion. He also has quite the beard, although it's a bit shorter than his father's.
Not too shabby, Mr. Wyatt.
And here it is again, from the front.
Can you read it at all? We certainly can't. Paleography class, anyone?
Check out this famous painting of Henry VIII, wearing the biggest coat in the history of coats.
Here's an awesome peek at the way the poem appeared when it was first published in Tottel's Miscellany. You'll notice it had a different title in this book: "The lover showeth how he is forsaken of such as he sometime enjoyed." It's a little clunky, but it certainly gets the point across.
And here's the title page from Tottel's Miscellany, published in 1557. Pretty neat, if we may say so.
If "They Flee from Me" tickled your fancy, you can check out all of his poems (and boy are there a lot) in this collection.
Movies & TV
A show on Showtime in which Thomas Wyatt is a character (played by Jamie King). This show is not recommended viewing for the kiddies. If this is a PG-13 poem, then The Tudors is a rated-R show.