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).

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Andrew Marvell: Selected full-text books and articles

Marvell: The Writer in Public Life By Annabel Patterson Routledge, 2014
Andrew Marvell By V. Sackville-West Faber & Faber, 1929
Andrew Marvell's "Upon Appleton House": An Analytic Commentary By Andrew Marvell; Vitaliy Eyber Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2010
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'The Swelling Hall': Andrew Marvell and the Politics of Architecture at Nun Appleton House By Partner, Jane The Seventeenth Century, Vol. 23, No. 2, October 2008
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The Poems & Letters of Andrew Marvell By Andrew Marvell; H. M. Margoliouth Clarendon Press, vol.1, 1927
Librarian's tip: Includes "To His Coy Mistress" and "An Horation Ode Upon Cromwell's Return From Ireland"
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Andrew Marvell, the Critical Heritage By Elizabeth Story Donno Routledge, 1995
Andrew Marvell By John Press Longmans, Green, 1958
Andrew Marvell and the 'Painter Satires': A Computational Approach to Their Authorship By Burrows, John The Modern Language Review, Vol. 100, No. 2, April 2005
John Donne and the Seventeenth-Century Metaphysical Poets By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, 1986
Librarian's tip: "Marvell's Songs of Innocence and Experience" begins on p. 163
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