Sir John Suckling
Born to an old and wealthy Norfolk family, Suckling was educated at Westminster School, Trinity College Cambridge and Grays Inn.
He inherited the family wealth at 18 and pursued a military and ambassadorial career overseas which saw him knighted in 1830. He returned to the English court in 1632 where through his wealth and charm he was known as an elegant and popular gallant and gamester, credited with having invented the game of cribbage. Like the other cavalier poets he scorned the sonnet and the sentimentality of love poetry, writing lyrics with short lines displaying an urbane, graceful and somewhat cynical wit. He won dramatic acclaim with his performances of Aglaura but much... more »
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- Sonnet I
- The Constant Lover
- Love Turned to Hatred
- I prithee send me back my heart
- Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
- When, Dearest, I But Think of Thee
- Out upon it, I have lov'd
- Why so Pale and Wan?
- If you refuse me once, and think again
- I prithee spare me gentle boy
- A Supplement of an Imperfect Copy of Ver...
- A Doubt of Martyrdom
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