Study notes on Andrew Marvell.

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- connected to Cavaliers, but is not one of them.

some authors regard him as one of the important poet of the 'metaphysical' school

- was appointed Latin Secretary to the Council of State, place previously occupied by his friend Milton. Mourned Cromwell's death in 'Upon the death of his late Highness the Lord Protector'; was an MP; his influence secured Milton's release from prison; after the Restoration published his satirical verse 'The Last Instructions to a Painter' which cannot begin to compare to his best lyrical poetry.

- To His Coy Mistress is a picturesque and strong presentation of the carpe diem theme. The Garden depicts a lovely garden felicity as symbol of the unfallen life in Eden.

- be that as it may he is a master of secular and religious poetry equally.

- his best poetry combines true metaphysical wit with perfect classical grace and poise to a greater extent than any other poet of the century

- his best and most characteristic poems are those in which an adventurous wit is perfectly subdued to the quiet texture of his verse to produce a poetry at once contemplative and exciting , gravely formal and mysteriously suggestive.

- in his best poetries in his character he combined the best of Cavalier wit and courtesy with the quiet gravity of a humane Puritan. But the combination was too individual and subtle to provide a pattern for future poets

Carpe diem theme in 'To His Coy Mistress'

The second poem that this essay discusses is Andrew Marvell's " To His Coy

Mistress." The poem is narrated by a young man heated with passion who is

speaking to his mistress. In reading this poem I became convinced that the

speaker was Marvell himself because he wrote it...