Lovelace's Love: The Struggle For War

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The poem, in brief, is about the struggle the speaker faces as he prepares for war and attempts to explain to his lover how important honor is to him, surpassing even his feelings for her. It is written creatively, with a unique style. The poem is also personal and temporal, a trait of poems of this era. The poem is written in a conversational tone and is read as if by a male writer to a female lover. Lovelace weaves poetic techniques such as assonance, and metaphor together to create a good rhythm, and a theme based upon honor. The first stanza is to assure her that, however deep his love for her, his need for honor is deeper . The speaker batters himself in order to possibly disperse his lover’s anguish by crying out “Tell me no,…show more content…
The meter is irregular since the poem contains both iambic tetrameter and trochaic tetrameter. The poem consists of three stanzas, four lines each, accumulating to a sum of 12 lines. Each stanza has a rhyme scheme which follows, ABAB and suggests that the poem is in ballad form. The poem is successful since its simple form, rhyme and tone allows the reader to effortlessly empathize with the speaker, in his attempt to assert and comfort his lover in recognizing his passion for her as well as his…show more content…
They are to stay at home. The girl had to dress up as a male going to war to get her father's attention. The woman in “Song: To Lucasta, Going to the Wars,” has no way to compete with the war, honor was more important to her lover than his love for her. The war is no place for a woman as you can hear as the poems says that her mother forbid her from sitting down at the table with them as a man. The mother feels that a woman's place is clearly in the kitchen not a
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