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To Althea, from Prison

To Althea, from Prison

by Richard Lovelace

To Althea, from Prison Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Why do you think Lovelace chose the name Althea? Why didn't he just give the name of the real woman he supposedly loved (Lucy)?
  2. Why is the poem subtle, at times, in its support for the king? Why not just say it outright all the way through? 
  3. What is the importance of the natural world for this speaker?
  4. Is the human mind really as powerful as the poem says it is?
  5. What would you do if you were wrongfully imprisoned?

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