British Literature Honors
June 7, 2006
Through the Life of Andrew Marvell
Andrew Marvell was born on March 31, 1621 in Yorkshire, England. He graduated Trinity College, Cambridge in 1933 as a Sizar. Over the course of his life, he wrote more that 50 poems including all different types of poetry. Marvell was a republican but didn't fulfill every "requirement" of a republican. He died on August 16, 1678 at the age of 57, very old for that time period. Marvell had befriended the great poet John Milton in 1653 when Milton wrote Marvell a Letter of Recommendation for the Post of Assistant Latin Secretary to the Council of State, which he ended up getting in 1657. The poems that Marvell was best known for are, "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Definition of Love". In September of 1657, Marvell was appointed assistant to his friend Milton. The Restoration took place 1660, and Marvell had saved Milton from an extended jail term and possible execution. In 1659, Marvell was elected M.P. of his hometown of Hull. Marvell wrote two poems, one in Greek and one in Latin, and both were published (printed) in the "Musa Cantabrigiensis" in 1637. Most of Marvell's English poems were non-satiric. Although Marvell was well known for those poems ("To His Coy Mistress" and "The Definition of Love"), but his most profound poem was, "Upon Appleton House". It is his most profound poem because it is the poem that developed him as a man and also as a poet. Marvell was paid £200, the same as Milton. Marvell was so well known that he has tutored Cromwell's nephew and ward, William Dutton, living at Eton. When Andrew Marvell died on August 16, 1678, he was buried in the Church of St. Giles-in-the-Fields. In both poems, "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Mower to the Glowworms", Andrew Marvell uses the literary devices of imagery, parallel structure, and diction to contrast the theme of love. Both poems have something to do with love. In "To His Coy...