Lovelace is considered one of the Cavalier Poets, a group of poets in the first half of the seventeenth century marked by their support of Charles I, then king of England.
Richard Lovelace Save Richard Lovelace pronouncedhomophone of "loveless" 9 December — was an English poet in the seventeenth century.
He was a cavalier poet who fought on behalf of the king during the Civil War. Biography Early life and family Richard Lovelace was born on 9 December He had four brothers and three sisters. His father was from a distinguished military and legal family; the Lovelace family owned a considerable amount of property in Kent.
His father, Sir William Lovelace, knt. He was a soldier and died during the war with Spain and the Dutch Republic in the Siege of Groenlo a few days before the town fell. Richard was nine years old when his father died.
Lovelace's maternal grandmother was Anne Sandys. They were also great nephews of both George Sandys  2 March — Marchan English traveller, colonist and poet; and of Sir Edwin Sandys  9 December — Octoberan English statesman and one of the founders of the London Company. Collegiate career Lovelace attended the University of Oxford and was praised by his contemporary Anthony Wood  as "the most amiable and beautiful person that ever eye beheld; a person also of innate modestyvirtue and courtly deportment, which made him then, but especially after, when he retired to the great city, much admired and adored by the female sex".
While at college, he tried to portray himself more as a social connoisseur than as a scholar, continuing his image of being a Cavalier. He then left for the University of Cambridge for a few months, where he met Lord Goringwho led him into political trouble. At the age of eighteen he was granted the degree of Master of Arts.
Politics and prison Lovelace's poetry was often influenced by his experiences with politics and association with important figures of his time. At the age of nineteen he contributed a verse to a volume of elegies commemorating Princess Katharine.
This experience inspired "Sonnet. On his return to his home in Kent inLovelace served as a country gentleman and a justice of the peace, encountering civil turmoil over religion and politics.
The following year he presented the House of Commons with Dering's pro- Royalist petition which was supposed to have been burned.
These actions resulted in Lovelace's first imprisonment. This prevented Lovelace, who had done everything to prove himself during the Bishops' Wars, from participating in the first phase of the English Civil War.
This first experience of imprisonment brought him to write one of his best known lyrics, " To Althea, from Prison ", in which he illustrates his noble and paradoxical nature. Lovelace did everything he could to remain in the king's favor despite his inability to participate in the war.
During the political chaos of he was again imprisoned, this time for nearly a year.Richard Lovelace When Love with unconfinéd wings Hovers within my gates, And my divine Althea brings To whisper at the grates; When I lie tangled in her hair And fettered to her eye, The birds that wanton in the air Know no such liberty.
Like the other Cavalier poets of 17th-century England, Richard Lovelace lived a legendary life as a soldier, lover, and courtier. Persecuted for his unflagging support of King Charles I, he died in dire poverty — but not before writing two of the age’s most melodic and moving lyrics: “To Althea, from Prison” and “To Lucasta, Going to the Wars.”.
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To Althea From Prison. by Richard Lovelace.. I. When love with unconfined wings Hovers within my gates And my divine ALTHEA brings To whisper at the grates When I lye tangled in her haire And/5(1). from Eve's Apology in Defense of Women, To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars, To Althea, from Prison.
Early life and family. Richard Lovelace was born in His exact birthplace is unknown, but it is documented that it was either Woolwich, Kent, or Holland .He was the oldest son of Sir William Lovelace and Anne Barne Lovelace and had four brothers and three sisters.