To Althea, from Prison
by Richard Lovelace
To Althea, from Prison Freedom and Confinement Quotes
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When Love with unconfinèd wings
Hovers within my gates, (1-2)
Love's wings are "unconfinèd," which suggests that there is some connection between powerful feelings (like love) and freedom. Perhaps freedom is simply a matter of loving somebody enough, or experiencing a similarly intense emotion.
When I lie tangled in her hair
And fetter'd to her eye, (5-6)
"Tangled" and "fettered" are words of confinement. Here, though, the speaker imagines a type of confinement that is different from being in prison. This is his way of making the best of his situation, of imaging a type of imprisonment that is pleasurable.