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To Lucasta, Going to the Wars

To Lucasta, Going to the Wars


by Richard Lovelace

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

Richard Lovelace died in abject poverty, and it is rumored that he died in a cellar. Nobody is quite sure when he died either. What a way to go, right? (Source.)

As if dying in obscurity weren't bad enough, Lovelace was buried in St. Bride's church, which burned down during the Great Fire of London in 1666. (Source.)

The American poet Thomas Bailey Aldrich once said of "To Lucasta": "The world will have forgotten all the great masterpieces of literature when it forgets Lovelace's three verses to Lucasta on his going to the wars. More durable than marble or bronze are the words, 'I could not love thee, deare, so much, / loved I not honour more.'" Now that's high praise. (Source.)

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