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George Wither

(11 June 1588 – 2 May 1667 / Bentworth, Hampshire)

George Wither
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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,
    Die because a woman's fair?
    Or make pale my cheeks with care
    'Cause another's rosy are?''
    George Wither (1588-1667), British poet. Fair Virtue, the Mistress of Philarete: A Lover's Resolution (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, ...
  • ''If she be not so to me,
    What care I how fair she be?''
    George Wither (1588-1667), British poet. Fair Virtue, the Mistress of Philarete: A Lover's Resolution (l. 15-16). . . Oxford Book of English Verse...
  • ''To maidens' vows and swearing
    Henceforth no credit give,
    You may give them the hearing
    But never them believe.
    They are as false as fair,
    Unconstant, frail, untrue;''
    George 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...
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