The Complete Poems

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Member of Parliament, tutor to Oliver Cromwell’s ward, satirist, and friend of John Milton, Andrew Marvell was one of the most significant poets of the seventeenth century. The Complete Poems demonstrates his unique skill and immense diversity, and includes lyrical love poetry, religious works, and biting satire. From the passionately erotic “To His Coy Mistress” to the astutely political Cromwellian poems and the profoundly spiritual “On a Drop of Dew,” in which he considers the nature of the soul, these works ...

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Overview

Member of Parliament, tutor to Oliver Cromwell’s ward, satirist, and friend of John Milton, Andrew Marvell was one of the most significant poets of the seventeenth century. The Complete Poems demonstrates his unique skill and immense diversity, and includes lyrical love poetry, religious works, and biting satire. From the passionately erotic “To His Coy Mistress” to the astutely political Cromwellian poems and the profoundly spiritual “On a Drop of Dew,” in which he considers the nature of the soul, these works are masterpieces of clarity and metaphysical imagery.

  • New introduction by leading scholar Jonathan Bate
  • Authoritative edition based on a detailed study of the extant manuscripts
  • Also includes chronology, further reading, appendices, notes, and indexes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140424577
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/29/2005
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 632,650
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew Marvell was born in 1621. The son of a clergyman, he was educated at Hull Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he converted to Catholicism for a brief period and moved to London, where he was found by his father and was persuaded to return to his studies. He left Cambridge in 1641 and spent much of the next ten years travelling abroad. In 1650 he became tutor to Lord Fairfax’s daughter Mary and lived in their house in Nun Appleton, Yorkshire. Most of his lyric poetry is thought to date from this period, including Upon Appleton House.

Marvell was an ardent Republican. He wrote several poems in honour of Cromwell, including An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland (1650) and an elegy on his death. In 1653 he became tutor to William Dutton, Cromwell’s ward. In the same year he was recommended by Milton to be his assistant in the Latin Secretaryship to the Council of State, but was not appointed until four years later. He defended Milton after the Restoration and contributed a poem in praise of him to the second edition of Paradise Lost.

Although he is now most famous for his poetry, very few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He was MP for Hull from 1659 until his death and was renowned for his political pamphlets and satires. His most famous pamphlet, The Rehearsal Transposed, was an attack on Samuel Parker, Archdeacon of Canterbury; it was so controversial that his life was threatened, and when he died suddenly in August 1678 there were rumours that he had been poisoned – these proved to be groundless.

Elizabeth Story Donno edited numerous Elizabethan and Jacobean texts and taught at Columbia, among other places.

Jonathan Bate is King Alfred Professor of English literature and Leverhulme Research Professor at the University of Liverpool.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A dialogue between Thyrsis and Dorinda 21
Clorinda and Damon 23
Ametas and Thestylis making hay-ropes 24
A dialogue, between the resolved soul and created pleasure 25
Flecknoe, an English priest at Rome 28
To his noble friend Mr. Richard Lovelace 32
An elegy upon the death of my Lord Francis Villiers 34
Mourning 37
The fair singer 39
The gallery 40
The unfortunate lover 42
Daphnis and Chloe 44
Upon the death of the Lord Hastings 47
The definition of love 49
To his coy mistress 50
Eyes and tears 52
The coronet 54
An Horatian ode upon Cromwell's return from Ireland 55
Tom May's death 58
In legationem domini Oliveri St. John 61
To his worthy friend Doctor Witty 62
The picture of little T.C. in a prospect of flowers 63
Young love 64
The match 66
The nymph complaining for the death of her fawn 67
Upon the hill and grove at Bilbrough 71
Epigramma in Duos montes Amosclivium et Bilboreum : farfacio 73
Upon Appleton House 75
The garden 100
On a drop of dew 102
A dialogue between the soul and body 103
The mower against gardens 105
Damon the mower 106
The mower to the glowworms 109
The mower's song 109
Music's empire 111
The character of Holland 112
Bermudas 116
A letter to Doctor Ingelo 117
In effigiem Oliveri Cromwell 125
In eandem [effigiem Oliveri Cromwell] reginae sueciae transmissam 125
The first anniversary of the government under his highness the lord protector 126
Upon an eunuch : a poet 137
The second chorus from Seneca's tragedy Thyestes 137
In the French translation of Lucan ... translated 138
An epitaph upon - 139
On the victory obtained by Blake 139
Two songs at the marriage of the Lord Fauconberg and the Lady Mary Cromwell 144
A poem upon the death of his late highness the lord protector 148
The last instructions to a painter 157
The loyal Scot 183
Inscribenda Luparae 191
On Mr. Milton's Paradise lost 192
Illustrissimo viro domino Lanceloto Josepho de Maniban grammatomanti 194
App. 1 Additional Latin and Greek poems 197
Ad regem Carolum parodia 199
[Pros Karalon ton Basilea] 202
Dignissimo suo amico Doctori Witty 203
Hortus 204
Ros 208
App. 2 Uncertain attribution 211
[Blood and the crown] 213
Bludius et corona 213
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