By: Kristina Busbin
•Andrew Marvell was born at Winstead-in-Holderness, Yorkshire, on
March 31, 1621.
•His father was Rev. Andrew Marvell, and his wife Anne.
•Marvell was admitted to Trinity College and got his B.A. degree.
•His father died of drowning after he got out of college in 1640.
•He traveled abroad in France, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, and
Italy from 1642-1646.
•In 1650, Marvell became a tutor for a twelve year old Mary
Fairfax(later Duchess of Buckingham).
•He wrote while he was staying with the family and that’s where he
wrote his non-satric poems, including "Upon Appleton House", "To
His Coy Mistress", and "The Definition of Love". It's said that these
poems were crucial to his development as a poet and a man.
• In 1653 Marvell met John Milton who wrote a
recommendation for Marvell for the post of Assistant Latin
Secretary to the Council of State, which he got in 1657.
• Later getting appointed to the assistant of Milton, raising to
the Latin Secretary for the Commonwealth.
• In 1659 Marvell was elected M.P. for his hometown, Hull.
• He continued to represent them for the next 20 years until his
death in August 1678 of tertian ague, and malpractice of an
• After his death, in 1681 his poems were printed as
Andrew Marvell’s Contribution to
• Marvell wrote political pamphlets, satires
and lyrical poems
• Political pamphlets were full of conceits
• Miscellaneous Poems were printed in
• He wrote during England's political epochs
• Printed two poems one Greek, one Latin:
Musa Cantabrigiensis in 1637
Andrew Marvell’s Contribution to
British Literature Continued…
• Wrote in Carpe Diem; “Seize The Day”, To His
• Marvell related his writings to events of the time,
public and person life
• He used his personal life in the poem The Picture
of Little TC in a Prospect of Flowers conveyed the
death of his friends little sister with metaphysical
• Used Classical Pastoral style of writing like Roman
authors; The Nymph Complaining for the Death of
• Added originality and a different tone to the genre
• His works were divided into 4 different
• The other 2 are political and religious satires
– Clarendons Housewarming
– The Last Instructions to a Painter
– The Loyal Scot
– The Statue in Stocks Market
– The Rehearsal Transposed
More of Marvell’s Works
• Not many of Marvell’s work were
published because of his radical views.
• For Example: Account of the Growth of
Propery and Arbitrary Government
– Attack on the Monarchy
• After 3 years of his death few of his poems were
– To His Coy Mistress
– Upon Appleton House, to my Lord Fairfax
– The Mower’s Song
– The Complaining for the Death of her Fawn
– The Definition of Love
– The Character of Holland
– The Fair Singer
To His Coy Mistress
• To his Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell Our sweetness, up into one ball;
• And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Had we but world enough, and time, Thorough the iron gates of life.
This coyness, lady, were no crime. Thus, though we cannot make our sun
We would sit down and think which way Stand still, yet we will make him run.
To walk, and pass our long love's day;
Thou by the Indian Ganges' side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the Flood;
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow.
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
But at my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found,
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long preserv'd virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust.
The grave's a fine and private place,
But none I think do there embrace.
Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may;
And now, like am'rous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour,
Than languish in his slow-chapp'd power.
Let us roll all our strength, and all
• Written in mans perspective; trying to
persuade a girl to have sex with him,
telling her time is limited and they must act
• “time lays waste to youth and life passes
quickly, so seize the day”
• At the end of the poem the man has
completed his conquest of having sex with
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English Literature. 13 Jan. 2009
• Cummings, Michael J. "To His Coy Mistress: Study Guide." Free
Study Guides for Shakespeare and Other Authors. 13 Jan. 2009
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• Marvell, Andrew. "357. To His Coy Mistress." BartleBy. 13 Jan. 2009