Other literary forms

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Between 1637 and 1641, Sir John Suckling completed three plays: Aglaura (pr., pb. 1638), The Goblins (pr. 1638), and Brennoralt (pr. 1646). The Sad One, an unfinished fragment, was written sometime earlier. Aglaura was published in 1638 in folio format; none of the other plays was printed during the poet’s lifetime. Most of Suckling’s fifty-odd letters are personal in subject matter, but two of them—one to “A Gentleman in Norfolk” and one to Henry Jermyn—are essentially political tracts dealing with the Scottish Campaign of 1639 and the opening of the Long Parliament in 1640, respectively. Suckling was also the author of “An Account of Religion by Reason,” a defense of Socinianism that attempts to reconcile biblical revelation with the mythologies of the ancients. Suckling’s letters and “An Account of Religion by Reason” have been collected by Thomas Clayton in The Works of Sir John Suckling: The Non-Dramatic Works (1971).