Suckling, Sir John

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Suckling, Sir John,

1609–42, one of the English Cavalier poetsCavalier poets,
a group of English poets associated with Charles I and his exiled son. Most of their work was done between c.1637 and 1660. Their poetry embodied the life and culture of upper-class, pre-Commonwealth England, mixing sophistication with naïveté,
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. He was educated at Cambridge and Gray's Inn. An accomplished gallant, he was given to all the extravagances of the court of Charles I. He was a prolific lover, a sparkling wit, and an excessive gamester. The antiquary John Aubrey credits him with having invented the game of cribbage. Subjected to a humiliating defeat in Charles I's Scottish campaign of 1639, he was said to be more fit for the boudoir than the battlefield. An ardent royalist, he took part in the plot to rescue (1641) Thomas Wentworth, earl of StraffordStrafford, Thomas Wentworth, 1st earl of,
1593–1641, English statesman. Regularly elected to Parliament from 1614 on, he became one of the critics of George Villiers, 1st duke of Buckingham, and of the war with
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, from the Tower of London and to secure aid for Charles from the French. On the failure of these endeavors Suckling fled to France, where, it is conjectured, being unable to face poverty, he was driven to suicide. After his death appeared Fragmenta Aurea (1646), a collection of poems, plays, letters, and tracts, including the essay "An Account of Religion by Reason." Today he is best known for the poem "Ballad Upon a Wedding" and the lyrics "Why so pale and wan, fond lover?" and "Out upon it, I have loved three whole days together."


See his works ed. by T. Clayton and L. A. Beaurline (1971).

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Sir John Suckling, a handsome and capricious representative of all the extravagances of the Court set, with whom he was enormously popular, tossed off with affected carelessness a mass of slovenly lyrics of which a few audaciously impudent ones are worthy to survive.
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These men, including the disfigured laureate William Davenant and the gambler John Suckling, lived in a milieu where writing was not a clear profession, but more a general gentlemanly accomplishment; both played active military and political parts before and during the war, as did their literary peers.
The discontented cavalier; the work of Sir John Suckling in its social, religious, political, and literary contexts.
Thomas Corns presents an admirably balanced account of "Thomas Carew, Sir John Suckling, and Richard Lovelace," figures whose literary reputations have never recovered from their being on the losing side of the Civil War.
English poet Sir John Suckling is credited with inventing which card game?
It was a quality that many of his contemporaries greatly admired, none more so, it seems, than those poets such as Thomas Carew, William Cartwright, Robert Herrick, Edmund Waller, Richard Lovelace, and John Suckling, whose verses Lawes set.