To Alhea From Prison Annotated

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Lovelace wrote the poem To Althea From Prison, the first time he was imprisoned for presenting the House of Commons with a pro-royalist petition. In this piece of literature, the similes, metaphors and personification help the reader understand Lovelace’s craving and desire for freedom. Althea is the center of his desires in this work, he loves her, and she is the reason that he craves freedom. In stanza three, Lovelace compares himself to a “committed linnet” using the simile When (like committed linnets) I/ With shriller throat shall sing. A linnet is a songbird and in this text, committed portrays being caged, or behind bars. Shriller throat represents a high pitched voice, such as the songs of the birds. Songbirds are stereotypically
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