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To Althea from Prison
Transcript of To Althea from Prison
By Richard Lovelace
By Cierra Goins and Xavier Perez
December 4th 2012 Author & Background (: The Poem Part Three Part Three What is the poem
about ? What kind of poem is this?
This is a lyric poem on the paradoxical theme of freedom while being in prison. Richard Lovelace was born at Woolwich in 1618. He was the scion of a Kentish family and inherited a traditional military distinction. His Fathers name was Sir William Lovelace. He was later killed at Grolle in 1628. Richard Lovelace was educated at the Charterhouse and Gloucester. His songs and poems about love & amusements about soldiers is what kept his career alive. In The Poem To Althea, from Prison; Richard Lovelace dramatizes the nature of inner freedom. The speaker is a political prisoner being held in a cell. The poem is about Richard Lovelace being imprisoned during the civil war , because he sided with the king during a power strugge between King Charles and the parlement. His motivation while being in prison he feels free beacuse of his love with althea. . When Love with unconfinèd 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 Gods that wanton in the Air,
Know no such Liberty. When flowing Cups run swiftly round
With no allaying Thames,
Our careless heads with Roses bound,
Our hearts with Loyal Flames;
When thirsty grief in Wine we steep,
When Healths and draughts go free,
Fishes that tipple in the Deep
Know no such Liberty. When (like committed linnets) I
With shriller throat shall sing
The sweetness, Mercy, Majesty,
And glories of my King;
When I shall voice aloud how good
He is, how Great should be,
Enlargèd Winds, that curl the Flood,
Know no such Liberty. Stone Walls do not a Prison make,
Nor Iron bars a Cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an Hermitage.
If I have freedom in my Love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone that soar above,
Enjoy such Liberty. Part Two The rhyme scheme is as follows: ababacdcd.
Some of the lines do not rhyme becuase the
peom is hard to read in modern english.
The sound rhythm is as followed
lines one and three are the same as two
and four. The poem has bars that are
seperated with stanzas. It follows iambic
tetrameter and iambic trimeter. The Rhythm and look of the peom Our personal thoughts about the poem :) I believe this poem relates to society today because getting grounded means you have no contact with anyone , This peom
deals with someones love even though they are trapped in a cage but they still have the freedom to dream and still love them with no remorse. Your assignment :) :) :) ;) What is the theme of the poem?
What is the poem about?
who is the author of the poem?
what war happened during the poem? Answers ! The theme of the poem is that No one can "imprison" or enslave the human mind.
the poem is about a letter to Althea.
The author is Richard lovelace.
the war was the civil war.