Prof. Judy Bouvier
To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
Richard Lovelace is the author of this poem. There is a conflict between the love and honor in this poem and the author choose honor. This doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love his lover but he is more faithful toward his duty. This poem is about the love of honor being more powerful than the speakers love for Lucasta. The author starts the poem stating that his love is caring and loving. He doesn’t want his love to think of him being thoughtless and uncaring. He think his love is pure, serene, someone to whom he thinks of as a sanctuary. Then he quickly write that he is rushing to battle, to war and conflict which is very different from the calm soothing sanctuary of his love. He explains how he is passionate about going to wars. He starts comparing his madness of love to his madness of love for battle. He puts more faith in his weapons than in his love now. He clearly states his war tools are important for him at this moment. In the end he concludes that his love couldn’t love him unless he put honor, duty, righteousness above his own personal feelings. He is saying he would not be worthy of her love more the persons he/she loves if he did not believe in sacrifice for the greater god. The speaker said that the lady should love an honorable man. The speaker appears a good lover but call to duty as more important for him. The whole poem is about the speaker explaining his beloved to present the situation.
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