Andrew Marvell

Andrew Marvell

About Andrew Marvell

Andrew Marvell was an english metaphysical poet and politician. As a metaphysical poet, he is associated with John Donne and George Herbert. He was a colleague and friend of John Milton. T. S. Eliot wrote of Marvell's style that 'It is more than a technical accomplishment, or the vocabulary and syntax of an epoch; it is, what we have designated tentatively as wit, a tough reasonableness beneath the slight lyric grace. He also identified Marvell and the metaphysical school with the dissociation of sensibility that occurred in 17th-century English literature; Eliot described this trend as something which... happened to the mind of England... it is the difference between the intellectual poet and the reflective poet.
Marvell's most famous poem, To His Coy Mistress, combines an old poetic conceit (the persuasion of the speaker's lover by means of a carpe diem philosophy) with Marvell's typically vibrant imagery and easy command of rhyming couplets. Other of his best poems incorporate topical satire and religious themes.

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