Think Again: Wyatt’s They Flee From Me And Assumpt

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Virtually every aspect of human life requires a countless number of various assumptions. After a long night of peaceful sleep, one must assume that some type of hard surface is present to support a step off the bed and in to a new day. We develop new rules and conventions based on these assumptions and experiences without much thought or conscious energy; this habitual experience lasts throughout our entire lifetime. Exposing a certain degree of inherent misconceptions and literary ambiguity, Sir Thomas Wyatt’s They Flee From Me, takes the reader’s mind through countless interpretations of one of the most intriguing poems in English history. A commonly overlooked, yet highly influential variable in both literature and everyday life is the concept of an assumption. Even though assumption seem almost like an instinct, Sir Thomas Wyatt’s They Flee From Me explores the notion of human assumption to demonstrate the influence and power this concept has on both love and everyday life. The first and second stanzas of They Flee From Me immediately presents the reader with somewhat of an interpretative quandary. Words such as “tame” and “wild” are utilized to describe the subject of Wyatt’s poem—a character simply referred to as “They”. Because of these specific terms, the reader questions exactly who or what the poem is actually referring to. According to Thomas O. Sloan, “[t]he images most strongly suggest animals” (148). The reader is forced to make an assumption at this point in the reading. Based on the argument of Teun A Van Dijk in Cognitive Processing of Literary Discourse, it would be only natural to deduce that Wyatt’s subject is animal, based on the information provided in the first stanza (151-152). With a general idea of what the identified character is, the reader then moves along to the second stanza only to be faced with a new problem. According to

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