The long opening section of his sequence raises, as we saw, the question whether the half-chosen, half-passive denudations or depletions accompanying "exile" would finally produce a more autonomous subject capable of attaining a degree of freedom, or whether those depletions had gone so far as to threaten the achievement of coherent autonomy.
What is commonly called exile might better be analyzed in terms of a multiform denudation traceable roughly in the first fifty sonnets.
Thus this denudation or privation need not in itself have been crippling.
Another form of denudation in Les Regrets is social.
Still another denudation is the stripping away of the paraphernalia associated with Humanist poetry.