I Find No Peace: poem analysis


I find no peace, and all my war is done.

I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice.

I fly above the wind, yet can I not arise;

And nought I have, and all the world I season.

That loseth nor locketh holdeth me in prison

And holdeth me not—yet can I scape no wise—

Nor letteth me live nor die at my device,

And yet of death it giveth me occasion.

Without eyen I see, and without tongue I plain.

I desire to perish, and yet I ask health.

I love another, and thus I hate myself.

I feed me in sorrow and laugh in all my pain;

Likewise displeaseth me both life and death,

And my delight is causer of this strife.

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  1. What situation is the speaker reflecting on?
  2. What metaphors and similes does he use to express his feelings?
  3. How many separate paradoxes are in the poem?
  4. What is the cumulative effect of so many paradoxes?
  5. What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 1-4?
  6. What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 5-8?
  7. Why does the speaker in line 11 declare that hating himself is the consequence of loving another?
  8. Why is it ironic that his “delight” is the “causer of this strife”?
  9. To what extent do you think the paradoxes are an accurate expression of the feelings of a person in love, particularly in light of the fact that in the 16th century the completely free and unchaperoned meetings of lovers were not easily arranged?
  10. To what extent do the paradoxes capture the agonies of the speaker?

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This will take you two virtual periods. Deadline: June 12

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