George Wither was an English poet, pamphleteer, and satirist. He was a prolific writer who adopted a deliberate plainness of style;he was several times imprisoned. C. V. Wedgwood wrote "every so often in the barren acres of his verse is a stretch enlivened by real wit and observation, or fired with a sudden intensity of feeling".
Context and poetic reputation
Wither has been classified as a Spenserian, with Michael Drayton, Giles Fletcher, Phineas Fletcher, and Henry More. The early Jacobean Spenserians were generally republican rather than imperial (at least in terms of ancient Rome), of the "country party" rather than the "court party", nostalgic for Elizabeth ... more »
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- Shall I Wasting in Despair
- A Christmas Carol
- I Loved a Lass
- A Widow's Hymn
- The Choice
- Her Beauty
- A Sonnet Upon a Stolen Kiss
- Song I
- A Poet's Home
- Sonnet 5 - I wandered out a while agone,
- For Anniversary Marriage-Days
- Psalm CXLVIII
- Lilies Without, Lilies Within
- From A Satire Written To King James I
Quotationsmore quotations »
''Shall I, wasting in despair,George Wither (1588-1667), British poet. Fair Virtue, the Mistress of Philarete: A Lover's Resolution (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, ...
Die because a woman's fair?
Or make pale my cheeks with care
'Cause another's rosy are?''
''If she be not so to me,George Wither (1588-1667), British poet. Fair Virtue, the Mistress of Philarete: A Lover's Resolution (l. 15-16). . . Oxford Book of English Verse...
What care I how fair she be?''
''To maidens' vows and swearingGeorge Wither (1588-1667), British poet. I Loved a Lass (l. 64-69). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972...
Henceforth no credit give,
You may give them the hearing
But never them believe.
They are as false as fair,
Unconstant, frail, untrue;''
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