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They Flee from Me

--Sir Thomas Wyatt
They flee from me, that sometime did me seek

With naked foot stalking in my chamber.

I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek

That are now wild, and do not remember

That sometime they put themself in danger (5)

To take bread at my hand: and now they range,

Busily seeking with a continual change.


Thanked be fortune it had been otherwise

Twenty times better, but once in special,

In thin array after a pleasant guise1 (10)
When her loose gown from her shoulders did fall,

And she caught me in her arms long and small,2
Therewithal sweetly did me kiss,

And softly said, 'Dear heart, how like you this?'


It was no dream: I lay broad waking. (15)

But all is turned thorough my gentleness

Into a strange fashion of forsaking,

And I have leave to go of her goodness,

And she also to use newfanglness.

But since I am so kindly served, (20)

I would fain know what she hath deserved.


1manner or style
2slender

Question 1

1. The central ambiguity in stanza 1 stems from

strange behavior of women
identity of "they"
ideas of danger and change
image of the naked foot
Contrast between danger and meekness
Question 2

All of the following reinforce the imagery in stanza 1 EXCEPT
"stalking" (line 2)
"tame" (line 3)
"remember" (line 4)
"bread" (line 6)
"range" (line 6)
Question 3

Which of the following best describes the event in stanza 2?
Sentimental and maudlin
Symbolic and religious
Comic and surprising
Erotic and sensual
Vulgar and insincere
Question 4

The question "Dear heart, how like you this?" (line 14) can best be described as
open and insecure
playful and inviting
probing and melancholy
ironic and cruel
demanding and sarcastic
Question 5

The details of stanza 2 especially emphasize the woman's
arrogance
fastidiousness
assertiveness
wittiness
meekness
Question 6

In line 17, "forsaking" reinforces all of the following EXCEPT
"flee" (line 1)
"range" (line 6)
"change" (line 7)
"waking" (line 15)
"turned" (line 16)
Question 7

The phrase "use newfangleness" (line 19) is best interpreted to mean
seek for novelty
act with caution
behave carnivorously
renew previous vows
employ her inventiveness
Question 8

All of the following contribute to the narrative quality of the poem EXCEPT the
speech-like rhythms of lines 3-6
use of reminiscence, beginning "but once in special" (line 9)
use of "and" as the first word of many lines
interruption with a defensive comment (line 15)
ironic implications of lines 20-21

Question 9

Which of the following does NOT indicate the time when an action described in the poem took place?
"sometime" (line 1)
"sometime" (line 5)
"now" (line 6)
"once" (line 9)
"since" (line 20)

Question 10

Which of the following is most clearly ironic in tone?
"Busily" (line 7)
"sweetly" (line 13)
"waking" (line 15)
"strange" (line 17)
"kindly" (line 20)

These are the answers I got. The ones I'm not sure of are marked with a question mark. For number seven and ten, I am not sure between the two choices.

1-b
c
d
d
c
6-
a/e?
b?
e
b/e?

  • English -

    You really need to indicate your answers in a more convenient way. This up-and-down stuff makes my eyes hurt!

    Please repost the questions and answers, and put an X next to your answer choice for each question.

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    Base all answers on this passage

    They Flee from Me

    --Sir Thomas Wyatt
    They flee from me, that sometime did me seek

    With naked foot stalking in my chamber.

    I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek

    That are now wild, and do not remember

    That sometime they put themself in danger (5)

    To take bread at my hand: and now they range,

    Busily seeking with a continual change.


    Thanked be fortune it had been otherwise

    Twenty times better, but once in special,

    In thin array after a pleasant guise1 (10)
    When her loose gown from her shoulders did fall,

    And she caught me in her arms long and small,2
    Therewithal sweetly did me kiss,

    And softly said, 'Dear heart, how like you this?'


    It was no dream: I lay broad waking. (15)

    But all is turned thorough my gentleness

    Into a strange fashion of forsaking,

    And I have leave to go of her goodness,

    And she also to use newfanglness.

    But since I am so kindly served, (20)

    I would fain know what she hath deserved.

    Question 1

    1. The central ambiguity in stanza 1 stems from

    strange behavior of women
    identity of "they" X
    ideas of danger and change
    image of the naked foot
    Contrast between danger and meekness

    Question 2

    All of the following reinforce the imagery in stanza 1 EXCEPT
    "stalking" (line 2)
    "tame" (line 3)
    "remember" (line 4) X
    "bread" (line 6)
    "range" (line 6)

    Question 3

    Which of the following best describes the event in stanza 2?

    Sentimental and maudlin
    Symbolic and religious
    Comic and surprising
    Erotic and sensual X
    Vulgar and insincere

    Question 4

    The question "Dear heart, how like you this?" (line 14) can best be described as

    open and insecure
    playful and inviting
    probing and melancholy
    ironic and cruel X
    demanding and sarcastic

    Question 5

    The details of stanza 2 especially emphasize the woman's

    arrogance
    fastidiousness
    assertiveness X
    wittiness
    meekness

    Question 6

    In line 17, "forsaking" reinforces all of the following EXCEPT

    "flee" (line 1)
    "range" (line 6)
    "change" (line 7)
    "waking" (line 15)
    "turned" (line 16)

    I don't know the answer for number six.

    Question 7

    The phrase "use newfangleness" (line 19) is best interpreted to mean

    seek for novelty
    act with caution
    behave carnivorously
    renew previous vows
    employ her inventiveness

    For seven, I am stuck between a and e.

    Question 8

    All of the following contribute to the narrative quality of the poem EXCEPT the

    speech-like rhythms of lines 3-6
    use of reminiscence, beginning "but once in special" (line 9) X
    use of "and" as the first word of many lines
    interruption with a defensive comment (line 15)
    ironic implications of lines 20-21

    Question 9

    Which of the following does NOT indicate the time when an action described in the poem took place?

    "sometime" (line 1)
    "sometime" (line 5)
    "now" (line 6)
    "once" (line 9)
    "since" (line 20) X

    Question 10

    Which of the following is most clearly ironic in tone?

    "Busily" (line 7)
    "sweetly" (line 13)
    "waking" (line 15)
    "strange" (line 17)
    "kindly" (line 20)

    I am not sure about ten. It's between B and E.

    Thank you!

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