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					Andrew Marvell




By: Kristina Busbin
  Hannah Burris
Krystal Mienscow
     Abraham
                       Biography
•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.
                          Biography

• 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
  attending physician.
• After his death, in 1681 his poems were printed as
  Miscellaneous Poems.
  Andrew Marvell’s Contribution to
         British Literature
• Marvell wrote political pamphlets, satires
  and lyrical poems
• Political pamphlets were full of conceits
  and satire
• Miscellaneous Poems were printed in
  1681
• 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
  Coy Mistress
• 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
  conceit
• Used Classical Pastoral style of writing like Roman
  authors; The Nymph Complaining for the Death of
  her fawn
• Added originality and a different tone to the genre
                    Major Works
• His works were divided into 4 different
  categories
   – Love
   – Pastoral
• The other 2 are political and religious satires
  which were:
   –   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
                 Even More….
• After 3 years of his death few of his poems were
  published
  –   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
  –   Bermudas
  –   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
          Poem Explication
• Written in mans perspective; trying to
  persuade a girl to have sex with him,
  telling her time is limited and they must act
  now.
• “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
  this girl.
                    Works Citied
• "The Life of Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)." Luminarium: Anthology of
  English Literature. 13 Jan. 2009
  <http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/marvell/marvbio.htm>.
• Cummings, Michael J. "To His Coy Mistress: Study Guide." Free
  Study Guides for Shakespeare and Other Authors. 13 Jan. 2009
  <http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/Guides4/Marvell.html>.
• "The Life of Andrew Marvell." Luminarium. 13 Jan. 2009
     <http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/marvell/marvbio.htm>.
• Marvell, Andrew. "357. To His Coy Mistress." BartleBy. 13 Jan. 2009
     <http://www.bartleby.com/101/357.htmlwww.bartleby.com/101/35
  7.html>.

				
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