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Sir John Suckling's "Song"
Posted by: tugboatjr (192.168.128.---)
Date: November 14, 2006 05:08PM

Since this is part of larger work (the play "Aglaura"), I am having troubling figuring out the meaning. Can anyone help? Thank you!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/15/2006 12:35AM by lg.

Re: Robert Herrick's "Song"
Posted by: tugboatjr (192.168.128.---)
Date: November 14, 2006 06:44PM

The poem is from the play Aglaura by Sir John Suckling, but I don't know anything about it. Also, I incorrectly listed Robert Herrick as the author, but it is actually Sir John Suckling's poem.
Here is the poem:

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 dull and mute, young sinner?
Prithee, why so mute?
Will, when speaking well can't win her,
Saying nothing do 't?
Prithee, why so mute?

Quit, Quit, for shame; this will not move,
This cannot take her.
If of herself she will not love,
Nothing can make her:
The devil take her!

Thanks for your help.

Re: Robert Herrick's "Song"
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: November 14, 2006 07:01PM

There is some background info. here: [www.geocities.com] />
For a one sentence synopsis: He's saying that if your lover doesn't reciprocate your affection, get a new lover.


Re: Sir John Suckling's "Song"
Posted by: Hugh Clary (192.168.128.---)
Date: November 15, 2006 11:57AM

Re: Sir John Suckling's "Song"
Posted by: monmon50 (192.168.128.---)
Date: November 22, 2006 08:44PM

i,ve just read the analyze given by lg
its very useful i summed it up to this idea
the poet in this poem is talking about lovers who fell in unreciprocated love trying to image their state when they fell in love
so he says that if you are in love with a woman who don,t love you then every thing you will do to her will be useless and with no meaning so if you looked pale and ill or looked handsome and fine this won,t move her at all
he says also that either you talk to her and represent your feelings or kept quiet and mute you willnot win her or her heart
finally,he advise them not to waste their time in a useless relationship
its better for them to look for somebody else
and leave this woman to the devil to take her

Re: Sir John Suckling's "Song"
Posted by: Desi (Moderator)
Date: November 23, 2006 03:48PM

please edit post, add capitals, comma's and dots, and I might actually make an effort to read and comment. Grumbl ;-)

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