Richard Lovelace

Richard Lovelace, 1618–1657?, one of the English Cavalier poets. He was the son of a Kentish knight and was educated at Oxford. In 1642 he was briefly imprisoned for having presented to Parliament a petition for the restoration of the bishops. An ardent royalist, he served with the French army during the English civil war. On his return to England in 1648, he was imprisoned by the Commonwealth. His royalist sympathies lost him his entire fortune, and he died in extreme poverty. He is remembered almost solely for two extremely graceful, melodic, and much-quoted lyrics, "To Althea, from Prison" and "To Lucasta, Going to the Wars." The first volume of his poems, Lucasta: Epodes, Odes, Sonnets, Songs, &c., appeared in 1649; the companion volume, Lucasta: Posthume Poems, in 1660.

See edition of his poems ed. by C. H. Wilkinson (1930); biography by M. Weidhorn (1970).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Richard Lovelace: Selected full-text books and articles

The Poems of Richard Lovelace By Richard Lovelace; C. H. Wilkinson The Clarendon Press, 1925
Poetry and Revolution: An Anthology of British and Irish Verse, 1625-1660 By Peter Davidson Clarendon Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Includes poems by Richard Lovelace on pgs. 73, 111, and 401
The English Civil Wars in the Literary Imagination By Claude J. Summers; Ted-Larry Pebworth University of Missouri Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "'Small Types of Great Ones': Richard Lovelace's Separate Peace" begins on p. 81
English Lyric Poetry: The Early Seventeenth Century By Jonathan F. S. Post Routledge, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Richard Lovelace (1618-57)" begins on p. 123
A Treasury of Great Poems: English and American By Louis Untermeyer Simon & Schuster, 1942
Librarian’s tip: "Richard Lovelace [1618-1658]" begins on p. 471
The Age of Milton: An Encyclopedia of Major 17th-Century British and American Authors By Alan Hager Greenwood Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)" begins on p. 216
Absolutism and the Scientific Revolution, 1600-1720: A Biographical Dictionary By Christopher Baker Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Lovelace, Richard (1618-1657)" begins on p. 241
Humor in British Literature, from the Middle Ages to the Restoration: A Reference Guide By Don L. E. Nilsen Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)" begins on p. 185
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