The whole poem is quite different and — dare I say?
The ostensible reason for that was that Henry started to use the royal arms of Edward the Confessor in his coat of arms, which was a provocation, taking into account that the Norfolks were descendants of the kings of England and this act could indicate they would like to become them.
With spring, adds Howard in a fine paradoxical touch, every care decays — and yet my sorrow springs.
I just have to add that Petrarch makes clear that his sorrow is caused by the death of his beloved, but Surrey leaves this ambiguous. We have no proofs, of course.
Henry Howard Sonnet 8 [Set me where as the sun doth parch the green] Set me where as the sun doth parch the green, Or where his beams do not dissolve the ice; In temperate heat where he is felt and seen; With proud people, in presence sad and wise; Set me in base, or yet in high degree, In the long night, or in the shortest day, In clear weather, or where mists thickest be, In lost youth, or when my hairs be grey; Set me in earth, in heaven, or yet in hell, In hill, in dale, or in the foaming flood; Thrall, or at large, alive where so I dwell, Sick, or in health, in ill fame or good: Yours will I be, and with that only thought Comfort myself when that my hope is nought.
He also introduced blank verse, that is unrhymed iambic pentameter ten syllables in a line, every second syllable stressed which was going to become the fundamental verse form in much of English poetry and drama — Shakespeare, Milton and so on.
For my sweet thoughts sometime do pleasure bring, But by and by the cause of my disease Gives me a pang that inwardly doth sting, When that I think what grief it is again To live and lack the thing should rid my pain.
The editor of the NAEL write intriguingly that Howard was not particularly good at traditional love poetry, but his most emotional poems are the ones addressed to his male friends or those in which he impersonates a woman yearning for her lover, so… could he be gay or bi?