Andrew Marvell

Andrew Marvell (mär´vəl), 1621–78, one of the English metaphysical poets. Educated at Cambridge, he worked as a clerk, traveled abroad, and returned to serve as tutor to Lord Fairfax's daughter in Yorkshire. In 1657 he was appointed John Milton's assistant in the Latin secretaryship, and in 1659 he was elected to Parliament, where he served until his death. He was one of the chief wits and satirists of his time as well as being a Puritan and a public defender of individual liberty. Today, however, he is known chiefly for his brilliant lyric poetry, which includes "The Garden," "The Definition of Love," "Bermudas," and "To His Coy Mistress," and for his "Horatian Ode" to Cromwell.

See his poems and letters edited by H. M. Margoliouth (2d ed. 1952); biographies by V. Sackville-West (1929, repr. 1971), J. D. Hunt (1978), N. Murray (2000), and N. Smith (2011); studies by H. E. Toliver (1965), P. Legouis (rev. ed. 1966), J. M. Wallace (1969), D. M. Friedman (1970), R. L. Colie (1971), K. Friedenreich, ed. (1977), E. S. Donno, ed. (1978).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Andrew Marvell
V. Sackville-West.
Faber & Faber, 1929
The Poems & Letters of Andrew Marvell
H. M. Margoliouth; Andrew Marvell.
Clarendon Press, vol.1, 1927
Librarian’s tip: Includes "To His Coy Mistress" and "An Horation Ode Upon Cromwell's Return From Ireland"
Andrew Marvell, the Critical Heritage
Elizabeth Story Donno.
Routledge, 1995
Andrew Marvell
John Press.
Longmans, Green, 1958
Between Nations: Shakespeare, Spenser, Marvell, and the Question of Britain
David J. Baker.
Stanford University Press, 1997
John Donne and the Seventeenth-Century Metaphysical Poets
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1986
Librarian’s tip: "Marvell's Songs of Innocence and Experience" begins on p. 163
Metaphysical to Augustan: Studies in Tone and Sensibility in the Seventeenth Century
Geoffrey Walton.
Bowes & Bowes, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Poetry of Andrew Marvell"
English Lyric Poetry: The Early Seventeenth Century
Jonathan F. S. Post.
Routledge, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Andrew Marvell: Here at the Fountain¿s Sliding Foot"
The Image of Manhood in Early Modern Literature: Viewing the Male
Andrew P. Williams.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Includes "A Garden of Desire, A Meadow of Decay: Masculine Identity Crisis in Marvell's Mower Power"
Puritanism and Revolution: Studies in Interpretation of the English Revolution of the 17th Century
Christopher Hill.
Secker & Warburg, 1958
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Society and Andrew Marvell"
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