Sir Thomas Wyatt has supplied following gifts to English literature:

(a) The Italian terza rima stanza of 12 line in groups of three lines, interlinked in various ways, “ab a, be, b, c dc, and dc, d”.

(b) The Ottava rima-a stanza of eight lines with a complicated rhyme pattern.

(c) He re-established English prosody which had collapsed and lost its balance as result of the linguistic change of the 15th century.


(d) In his short lyrics and songs he combines the sweetness, the simplicity, the melody, and the spontaneity of the medieval minstrels and the courtly grace, delicacy and the dignity of a man of learning and culture.