George Gasciogne's 'For That He Looked Not Upon Her'

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Mistakes and failures from one’s past can be discouraging and disheartening and can even make one too afraid to ever attempt the same feat again. This is especially true in the case of love and infatuation. In “For That He Looked Not upon Her” by George Gasciogne, the speaker’s tone shifts from a wary to a bitter attitude. This shift is signified by the vivid imagery in the examples of the mouse and the fly and by the increase in intensity of the speaker’s diction. The speaker starts off with a distrustful attitude towards women. The speaker’s use of imagery when giving the examples of the mouse and fly illustrate how he has been hurt in the past and will learn to not make the mistake again. The mouse possessing “doubt of deep deceit” creates

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