“But at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near” – Andrew Marvell. Marvell was one of the last seventeenth-century poets. He is noted for his intellectuality, his lyrical poetry, and also being very rich in using metaphors. His work has many of the elements of excellent poetry, such as opposing values, logical subtleties, and un-expected twists of thought and argument. Although in the past his work has been considered of a minor stature next to John Donne, Marvell has come to be viewed as one of the best poets in the seventeenth-century. The poems generally thought to be his best as “To His Coy Mistress” and “The Garden”. A lot of Andrew Marvell’s influences to write lyrical poetry came from his past memories of his life.
Andrew Marvell was born at Winestead-in-Holderness, Yorkshire, on March 31, 1621 to the Rev. Andrew Marvell, and his wife Anne. (“Andrew”). Marvell was an only child. When Marvell was three years old, the family moved to Hull, where Rev. Marvell became lecturer in Holy Trinity Church. He was educated at the Hull Grammar School, and in 1633 he matriculated as a Sizar of Trinity College, Cambridge. Two poems by Marvell, one in Greek, one in Latin, were printed in the “Musa Cantabrigiensis” in 1637. (“Andrew”). In 1638 Marvell was admitted a Scholar of Trinity College, and took his B.A. degree in the same year. A few days after receiving his scholarship, Marvell's mother died. He remained a few more years in residence, leaving Cambridge only after his father's death from drowning. The early life of Andrew Marvell shaped him into the way he was socially and poetically.
He travelled abroad in France, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, and Italy from 1642 until 1646. In 1650, Marvell became the tutor of twelve-year-old Mary Fairfax, the daughter of Thomas Fairfax. While Marvell was with the Fairfax family, he wrote some of his most famous poems, such as, "Upon Appleton House," a poem that is very important to his development...
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