Richard Lovelace 1618/1658

Barbara10Broek By Barbara10Broek, 23rd Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A short biography of Richard Lovelace 1618/1658, a middle ages writer and poet.

Richard Lovelace 1618/1658

Handsome and clever the eldest son of a wealthy family Richard Lovelace was very much a courtly Cavalier poet. When King Charles and his Queen visited Oxford in 1636 they were so favorably impressed by undergraduate Lovelace’s demeanor that they commanded he be given a M.A. on the spot. However, his allegiance to King Charles during the Civil Wars resulted in several stays in prison.
His periods of imprisonment and his adventures in the French campaign against the Spanish, during which he was wounded, exhausted his inheritance. He spent the last years of his life impoverished and depressed and died at age 39 in a London slum.
Selected List of Works:
• The Grasshopper
• Gratiana Dancing
• To Althea, From Prison
• To Amarantha, that she would dishevel her Hair
• To Lucas ta, Going Beyond the Seas
• To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars


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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Jul 2011 (#)

I very much like your short, to-the-point biographies of interesting figures in history. Thank you Barbara.

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