Richard Lovelace

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Richard Lovelace (1618 - 1657) was an English poet and nobleman, born in Woolwich, today part of south-east London. He was one of the Cavalier Poets, and a noted royalist.

He was imprisoned briefly in 1648 for supporting the Royalists during the time of Oliver Cromwell. He was best known for his poems To Althea, from Prison and To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars.


His most quoted excerpt is from the beginning of the last stanza of To Althea, From Prison

Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage


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