Corns, Thomas N., ed. The Cambridge Companion to English Poetry: Donne to Marvell. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Collection of essays, some of which examine common characteristics of sixteenth and seventeenth century poetry, such as its treatment of politics, religion, and gender. Other articles explore the work of individual poets, including Lovelace.
Hartmann, C. H. The Cavalier Spirit and Its Influence on the Life and Work of Richard Lovelace. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1925. Reprint. New York: Haskell House, 1973. Biographical and historical study of the poet and his times. Comments on the publication of the Lucasta poems and provides critical analysis of a number of individual lyrics.
Kelly, Erna. “’Small Types of Great Ones’: Richard Lovelace’s Separate Peace.” In The English Civil Wars in the Literary Imagination, edited by Claude J. Summers and Ted-Larry Pebworth. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1999. Analyzes five of Lovelace’s poems that focus on small creatures, such as a grasshopper, an ant, and a snail, describing how these creatures symbolize either Royalists or Puritans.
Robertson, Randy. “Lovelace and the ’Barbed Censurers’: Lucasta and Civil War Censorship.” Studies in Philology 103, no. 4 (Fall, 2006): 465-498. Argues that Lovelace is deliberately obscure in the Lucasta...
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