Study Guide

They Flee from Me Love

By Sir Thomas Wyatt

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[…] but once in special,
In thin array after a pleasant guise,
When her loose gown from her shoulders did fall (9-11)

Oh so this girl's <em>special, </em>is she? Well that certainly tells him something. But is she special for more than just her sexy clothes ("thin array," "pleasant guise," "loose gown")? This particular woman was special to the speaker, but his emphasis on her clothing makes us question how genuine his feelings are. Is it love? Or just sex?

And she me caught in her arms long and small (12)

While the speaker is describing an embrace, the language also suggests the entrapment of an animal. Both here, and in the following lines (13-14), words associated with animals and hunting change the way we view these moments of what at first seems like love and affection.

And therewith all sweetly did me kiss,
And softly said, <em>"Dear heart, how like you this</em>?" (13-14)

Well, she kisses him sweetly and calls him "Dear heart," which certainly sounds like affectionate love. Does this quote help us to understand how this woman feels about the speaker? Or is she as much a mystery as ever

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