To Althea, from Prison
To Althea, from Prison Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Freedom and Confinement
"To Althea from Prison?" Yep, plenty of confinement in this poem—but plenty of freedom, too. The speaker doesn't just sit around and bemoan the fact that he's stuck in prison, however. In fact, t...
Richard Lovelace was a big fan of his king, Charles I. "To Althea, from Prison" is as much about Lovelace's ability to overcome his circumstances as it is about the "loyal flames" that he and his b...
The poem is addressed to Althea, the love of the speaker's life, and the entire first stanza is about how his feelings for her help him deal with his situation. "To Althea, from Prison," then, is a...
Art and Culture
"To Althea, from Prison" is about prison, about love, about politics, but it's also about poetry. Song and poetry are often linked in literature, which explains why the speaker says he will sing ev...
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