Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

George McCelvey, Addie Hilliard, Willson Wood

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The purpose of this study is to evaluate, and hopefully, to elevate the literary "currency" of Richard Lovelace. To this end, various methods and approaches will be utilized in order to capture a comprehensive, yet coherent view of Lovelace and his poetry. Specifically, these methods and approaches will include: a survey of Lovelace's biography, including clarification of discrepancies among authorities concerning pertinent details of his life; a location of Lovelace in the primary social, philosophical, and poetical movements of the early seventeenth century; an identification of Lovelace as a Cavalier poet, differentiating him from other Cavaliers; an analysis of representative poetry according to theme, imagery, and conflict-structures; and a summation of Lovelace's critical reception since the Publication of Lucasta. Recent criticism, while inconclusive and sparse, points to an increased awareness of Lovelace's conscious craftsmanship. This study is an effort at bringing this vision of Lovelace into clearer focus.


Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles