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"Why so Pale and Wan [Fond] Lover" Analysis

A literary analysis, by Michael Felty, Billy Hymes, Travis Williams, and John Meshack, of "Why so Pale and Wan Lover"
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Michael Felty

on 28 January 2013

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Transcript of "Why so Pale and Wan [Fond] Lover" Analysis

Why so Pale and Wan
[Fond] Lover? By.... Sir John Suckling

D.O.B. : 1609
D.O.D. : 1642

Bio: a loyalist, cavalier poet,
who in the course of battle,
fled to France, where he later
committed suicide rather
than facing poverty. After his
death a collection of his
literary works came to light
in the Fragmenta Aurea,
which held among others the
lyrical poem excerpt, "Why
so Pale and Wan, Lover?"
"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."
Paraphrase:
Why are you so pale? When looking well won’t make her love you, what makes you think that looking pale/ill will make her love you?
Why are you not talking? If she didn’t love you when you were talking, what makes you think she will love you when you are quiet?
Quit trying to make her love you, it is pitiful. If she won’t love you now, then she never will love you. So let the devil take her.
Background Information:
"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. Thesis (Theme):
You cannot force love; you are only going hurt yourself

Tone: Concerned/Strict

Literary Devices: Repetition and Alliteration
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