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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.

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

assertiveness X

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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