I wanted to share this link to the latest Poetry Off the Shelf podcast as I found it fascinating. Helena de Groot is in conversation here with Peter Murphy and their discussion is broad ranging. Murphy is the author of a book called The Long Public Life of a Short Private Poem – Reading and Remembering Thomas Wyatt. While their conversation begins as a discussion of this singular poem of his, written nearly 500 years ago, it evolves into much more. What I found particularly riveting was pondering Wyatt’s manuscript, which has survived the centuries. It was used and written in and drawn in for many, many years, by many generations, yet the poems still exist within the pages, in many cases written over by other text or illustrations. A phenomenal piece of cultural history. The manuscript itself has been digitized and can be viewed at the British Library digitized documents site. An amazing object.
And here is a link to the digitized manuscript. You can use the arrow keys at upper right to scroll through the pages.