Secondly, look at the regularity of the construction of each stanza — 5 lines, ABABB rhyme scheme, regular metre with syllables. It might also be worth mentioning the change in language in the final stanza. Suckling was so passionately devoted to cards, that he would frequently spend the whole morning in bed with a pack before him, studying the subtleties of his favourite games.
While his writing is generally viewed as minor by most scholars, Suckling produced a number of enduring works of satiric love poetry, brief pieces that generally feign indifference to passion and offer a cynical view of romantic relations between men and women.
Throughout his lifetime, Suckling engaged in the gentlemanly pursuit of poetic composition and also wrote a few stage works, several of which were produced in the late s. Context what background info do you actually need to know about Sir Suckling and the poem? The death of his father in March signaled yet another premature departure from schooling.
The final stanza is a bit of a change and is possibly the first supportive comment from the poetic voice to the lover. It is immediately introduced by Orsames who says it is: Ingreat scandal was caused in his old circle by a beating which he received at the hands of Sir John Digby, a rival suitor for the hand of the daughter of Sir John Willoughby; and it has been suggested that this incident, which is narrated at length in a letter 10 November from George Garrard to Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Straffordhad something to do with his beginning to seek more serious society.
He was considered not only the most skilful card-player, but also the best bowler in England. Alexander Popewriting in anecdote the next century, stated he had died after arriving in Calais of fever from a wound in his foot caused by a nail having been driven into his boot by a servant who absconded with his money and papers.
You might expect a poem about a love sick somebody to be sympathetic, but this is really not sympathetic. This lover is making himself sick and going into his shell, which is causing all of his friends embarrassment and the poetic voice is pointing out the pointlessness of his misery and telling him, rather aggressively, to get over this girl and move on with his life.
This could possibly explain his attitude to women in this poem. Because of his involvement in the so-called Army Plot of —proponents of the plot sought the release of the imprisoned Earl of Strafford—Suckling was forced to flee to Paris.
It was complained he had won by "undue means", but the parliament was dissolved on 5 May. The way some of the alliteration forces you to spit the letters out gives us the impression that the poetic voice is frustrated with his friend and wants him to snap out of it.
He was back at Whitehall in May ; but during his short service he had been present at the Battle of Breitenfeld and in many sieges. The play, in spite of its felicity of diction, lacks dramatic interest, and the criticism of Richard Flecknoe Short Discourse of the English Stagethat it seemed "full of flowers, but rather stuck in than growing there," is not altogether unjustified.
Firstly, the first two stanzas establish the problem and the futility of the current situation, while the final stanza delivers a logical solution: His father, the elder Sir John Suckling, was a courtier and served variously as a member of Parliament and a government official; his mother, Martha Cranfield, was the daughter of a well-to-do London merchant.
Birth[ edit ] He was born at Whittonin the parish of TwickenhamMiddlesex, and baptized there on 10 February The Goblinspr.
He says of himself "A Sessions of the Poets" that he "prized black eyes or a lucky hit at bowls above all the trophies of wit. Convicted of high treason in England, he seems to have died while in French exile that same year.
Content The first stanza uses rhetorical questions to make the lover consider why he is making himself sick. Suckling was apparently privately tutored in his youth, and entered Trinity College at Cambridge in Among these, none was more distinguished than Sir John Suckling.
So, it is advice to a friend who is feeling lovesick. Nevertheless, some have interpreted a sense of anguish and frustration beneath his insouciance, prompting scholars to slightly modify the popular conception of the carefree poet and search for additional levels of meaning in his work Principal Works.
Knowing this is not massively helpful for this poem, but you never know. Themes Love, love, love. In he volunteered for the force raised by the Marquess of Hamilton to serve under Gustavus Adolphus in Germany. Sir John Suckling English poet, playwright, and essayist.
In "A Sessions of the Poets" was circulated in manuscript, and about the same time he wrote a tract on Socinianism entitled An Account of Religion by Reason pr. By the spring of Suckling was back in England, where he continued his life of profligacy.
In the action which ensued, the sturdy Scots were more than a match for the showy Englishmen; and among those who particularly distinguished themselves by their shabby behavior, was the splendid troop of Sir John Suckling.from Aglaura.
SONG. WHY so pale and wan, fond lover? Prithee, why so pale? Will, when looking well can't move her, Looking ill prevail? Prithee, why so pale? Quotes  Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover? [Full text at Wikisource.
Why so pale and wan, fond lover Prithee, why so pale? Will, when looking well can't move her. Sir John Suckling (10 February – after May ) Lady Margaret Howard, "I prithee, send me back my heart," "Out upon it, I have loved three whole days together," and "Why so pale and wan, fond lover?" from Aglaura.
"A Sessions of the Poets", describing a meeting of the contemporary versifiers under the presidency of Apollo to. WHY so pale and wan, fond lover?: Prithee, why so pale? Will, when looking well can't move her, Looking ill prevail? Prithee, why so pale?.
Why so pale and wan fond lover? A popular label for many poets in seventeenth-century Britain has been "Cavalier," and the person who usually comes first to mind is. "Why so Pale and Wan" is a song from Sir John Sucklings play, Agulara, in which the speaker/singer is a friend of a depressed man who slumps around in self pity after being rejected, by a girl.