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Andrew Marvell, Orphan of the Hurricane
     

Andrew Marvell, Orphan of the Hurricane

by Derek Hirst, Steven N. Zwicker
 

Andrew Marvell, Orphan of the Hurricane studies the poetry and polemics of one of the greatest of early modern writers, a poet of immense lyric talent and political importance. The book situates these writings and this writer within the patronage networks and political upheavals of mid seventeenth-century England. Derek Hirst and Steven Zwicker track Marvell's

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Andrew Marvell, Orphan of the Hurricane studies the poetry and polemics of one of the greatest of early modern writers, a poet of immense lyric talent and political importance. The book situates these writings and this writer within the patronage networks and political upheavals of mid seventeenth-century England. Derek Hirst and Steven Zwicker track Marvell's negotiations among personalities and events; explores his idealizations, attachments, and subversions, and speculate on the meaning of the narratives that he told of himself within his writings — what they call his 'imagined life'. Hirst and Zwicker draw the figure of an imagined life from the repeated traces Marvell left of lyric yearning and satiric anger, and suggest how these were rooted both in the body and in the imagination.

The book sheds new light on some of Marvell's most familiar poems — 'Upon Appleton House', 'The Garden',' To His Coy Mistress', and 'Horatian Ode' — but at its centre is an extended reading of Marvell's 'The unfortunate Lover', his least familiar and surely most mysterious lyric, and his most sustained narrative of the self. By attending to the lyric, the polemical, and the parliamentary careers together, this book offers a reading, for the first time, of Marvell and his writings as an interpretable whole.

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"The authors' psychobiological approach is lightly but convincingly applied, and each chapter is written with masterly knowledge of Marvell's poetry. One of the pleasures of the book is the author's unapologetic enjoyment of this virtuosity. The close readings of the poems are consistently high, and contextual information is used in an informative manner without disrupting the narrative thrust of each chapter. The authors have painted a portrait of Marvell that some critics may not recognize in its finer details, but they are to be applauded for the attempt itself and for painting the laurel wreath around Marvell's head in particularly bright colors." —Journal of British Studies

"Recommended." —Choice

"A provocative and often persuasive reinterpretation of Marvell's life and writings." —Renaissance Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199655373
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/07/2012
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Derek Hirst studied and held his first academic position at Cambridge before moving to Washington University in St Louis in 1975. He has taught (often in tandem with Steven Zwicker) and researched there, and on occasion chaired its History Department, ever since.

Steven Zwicker is Stanley Elkin Professor in the Humanities at Washington University, and a member of its English Department since 1969; he has held visiting appointments at Doshisha University in Kyoto and at the California Institute of Technology. Over the years, and often together with Derek Hirst, he has taught the literature and cultural history of early modern England.

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