Lovelace, Richard (1618-58), an English poet whose claim to remembrance lies in his writing To Althea from Prison, To Lucasta, and one or two other charming lyrics. He was born at Woolwich, and educated at Charterhouse and Oxford. In 1642 he was imprisoned by Parliament, and prevented from aiding the king, save with his money. In 1648 he was again imprisoned, but set at liberty after the king's death. A tragedy called The Soldier, and a comedy, The Scholar, are lost, but Lucasta and Posthume Poems remain.