The Lucasta Poems by Richard Lovelace
Richard Blanco Reads his poem "My Father in English, Indeed"
Richard Lovelace was an English poet in the seventeenth century. His father was from an old, distinguished military and legal family. Charterhouse was a school in London. He spent five years at Charterhouse, three of which were spent with Richard Crashaw, who also became a poet. He then went on to Gloucester Hall, Oxford in
Richard Lovelace , born died , London , English poet, soldier, and Royalist whose graceful lyrics and dashing career made him the prototype of the perfect Cavalier. Lovelace was probably born in the Netherlands, where his father was in military service. He was educated at Charterhouse and Oxford, and at age 16 or possibly a little later he wrote The Scholars, a comedy acted at Whitefriars, of which the prologue and epilogue survive. He took part in the expeditions to Scotland 40 at the time of the rebellions against Charles I. During this period he is said to have written a tragedy , The Soldier , but there is no certain evidence of this. Returning to his estates in Kent , Lovelace was chosen to present a Royalist petition to a hostile House of Commons. In he was again imprisoned.
Dutch Renaissance and Golden Age. The term metaphysical poets was coined by the critic Samuel Johnson to describe a loose group of 17th-century English poets whose work was characterized by the inventive use of conceits , and by a greater emphasis on the spoken rather than lyrical quality of their verse. These poets were not formally affiliated and few were highly regarded until 20th century attention established their importance. Given the lack of coherence as a movement, and the diversity of style between poets, it has been suggested that calling them Baroque poets after their era might be more useful. Once the Metaphysical style was established, however, it was occasionally adopted by other and especially younger poets to fit appropriate circumstances. In the chapter on Abraham Cowley in his Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets 81 , Samuel Johnson refers to the beginning of the seventeenth century in which there "appeared a race of writers that may be termed the metaphysical poets". This does not necessarily imply that he intended metaphysical to be used in its true sense, in that he was probably referring to a witticism of John Dryden , who said of John Donne :.
Metaphysical poet , any of the poets in 17th-century England who inclined to the personal and intellectual complexity and concentration that is displayed in the poetry of John Donne , the chief of the Metaphysicals.
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John Cleveland was one of the most popular English poets of the 17th Century
He was a cavalier poet who fought on behalf of the king during the Civil War. 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.
The headmaster at the Grammar School was Richard Vines. Thomas and Elizabeth Cleveland John's parents produced a number of children, two of whom died young. September John was admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge and a brilliant academic career opened out before him. It was at Christ's that Cleveland first came across a member of the old Lincolnshire family, the Thorolds, who were to figure largely in his life in the Civil War and Protectorate. John's, which was his father's college.
He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets , love poems, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams , elegies , songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor , especially compared to that of his contemporaries. Donne's style is characterised by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations. These features, along with his frequent dramatic or everyday speech rhythms, his tense syntax and his tough eloquence, were both a reaction against the smoothness of conventional Elizabethan poetry and an adaptation into English of European baroque and mannerist techniques. His early career was marked by poetry that bore immense knowledge of English society and he met that knowledge with sharp criticism.