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by Richard Lovelace

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ISBN: 1408685701
ISBN13: 978-1408685709
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: Richard Lovelace
Language: English
Publisher: Adler Press (July 8, 2008)
Pages: 196 pages
ePUB size: 1134 kb
FB2 size: 1837 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 489
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I obtained this on Kindle for free. This is an excellent product. As far as the PRODUCT for free, this is excellent. There is a lot of narrative and explanatory footnotes. For me, there has to be. I did not care for the poetry. I did enjoy the narrative and footnotes more than the poetry. I am very grateful to be able to obtain this excellent product for free.

As far as the poetry, it is very dated and, for me, obscure. I am more of a Carl Sandburg kind of guy. If there was not a lot of explanation, I would have been lost. There were times I was lost anyway. Some of the poetry I just did not care for... Thank you...
Lovelace's poetry is a treasure trove when it comes to men in the 17 century. Particularly how they view the sentiments of sex, love, honour and their duty to king and country. It's a rich source of quotable lines that finds application even today and though the spelling can throw you a bit, a couple of reads will take care of any confusion. I needed to quote some 17 century poetry for a novel and discovering Lovelace opened a new dimension.
Richard Lovelace is an ancestor of mine so I am a little biased. I have not read the entire text but have enjoyed it so far.
Despite a very erratic typography I rate this little book very highly. The poetry is as refreshing as the first time I read it years back. The editorial and explanatory notes are intelligent and sympathetic, and the inclusion of the commendatory verses of Lovelace's contemporaries provides insight into the literary and publishing conventions of the time. Lovelace, through his poetry, and through the notes of this volume's editor, comes across as a lively, sympathetic Cavalier.

I conclude with this appreciation from Marvell's commendatory verses, which play with the perils of the period's censorship:

But when the beauteous ladies came to know,
That their deare Lovelace was endanger'd so:
Lovelace, that thaw'd the most congealed brest,
He who lov'd best, and them defended best,
Whose hand so rudely grasps the steely brand,
Whose hand so gently melts the ladies hand,
They all in mutiny, though yet undrest,
Sally'd, and would in his defence contest.

Lovelace, Richard (2012-05-12). The Lucasta Poems (Kindle Locations 582-585). . Kindle Edition.