Virtual Period: Analysing “I find no peace”

For our weekly Virtual Period our teacher Literature teacher gave us this assignment to analyse the following poem,


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.


1.What situation is the speaker reflecting on?

He isfighting  the  feelings towards a woman that is not his. He already has one who he already loves, but there is also another one, and this conflict between both women and being in love with two people at the same time makes him suffer. Nothing can put him out of the misery of loving two women.

2. What metaphors and similes does he use to express his feelings?

He uses metaphors and similies like: “I burn and freeze like ice.” And he also uses “I desire to perish, and yet I ask health.” Among others. These two are examples that show the wirter using metaphors to express the contradictory feelings he has for both women.

3. How many separate paradoxes are in the poem?

There are 10 paradoex throughout the poem.

4. What is the cumulative effect of so many paradoxes?

So many paradoxes in the poem show that the voice in the poem is in love, but hates himself for it, and has many mixed feelings about his lovers. He is confused, but in love.

5. What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 1-4?

The general topic in lines 1-4 is nature. The writer uses many expressions involving nature itlself, and other paradoxes are about the feelings of human beings. For example “I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice.”

6. What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 5-8?

The general topic in these lines is improsnment, or isolation. The voice is not physically improsoned but he is a prisoner of his feelings towards the two women he loves.

7. Why does the speaker in line 11 declare that hating himself is the consequence of loving another?

He hates himself becuase he loves another, this is because he feels guilty of loving two women at the same time. The fact he is in love with two people makes him hate himself. Because he will end up hurting someone, who he loves, and this will also hurt him.

8. Why is it ironic that his “delight” is the “causer of this strife”?

Because when we are delighted by something, we are not supposed to suffer for enjoying it. But for the voice, his delight, causes him pain and suffering.

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?

I believe that this paradoxes are a clear expression of what being in love, and with two people at the same time is. Back in the 16th century it was very difficult to be married and have a lover, so for him it must be hell. We see how hard it is for him to be in love with two women in the poem, with all the paradoxes he uses.

10. To what extent do the paradoxes capture the agonies of the speaker?

The paradoxes capture the speaker’s agonies perfectly. Through them we see all his pleasures, delights, but also his pain and suffering. We see how badly he feels for loving two people at the same time.

Then, prepare an animation using Animoto to illustrate this poem with pictures.

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