Marvell Among the Cavaliers

Nicholas McDowell

in The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560608
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Marvell Among the Cavaliers

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Andrew Marvell (1621–78) is today considered as the finest lyric poet of the mid-seventeenth century. However, from his death in 1678 until the late nineteenth century, Marvell was best known for his activities as the MP for Hull in the Restoration, and as the writer of prose satires challenging the corruption of Restoration politics and arguing for religious toleration. This article examines both public and occasional poems of 1648–50 and several of the lyrics dated to the 1647–51 period. It gives particular attention to their imagery of violence, the poet's commitments to individuals as well as (or instead of) larger causes, and Marvell's depiction of the royalist figures, including the King himself, who elicited his early loyalty and poetic attentions.

Keywords: Andrew Marvell; lyric poets; lyric poetry; lyric poems; prose satire; violence; royalist figures

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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