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Selected Poetry of Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

The grave's a fine and private place,
But none I think do there embrace.
        (To his Coy Mistress, 31-32)
  1. Bermudas
  2. The Character of Holland (excerpt)
  3. The Definition of Love
  4. A Dialogue between the Soul and the Body
  5. The Fair Singer
  6. The Garden
  7. An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland
  8. The Mower (The Mower Against Gardens)
  9. The Mower to the Glow-Worms
  10. The Mower's Song
  11. The Nymph Complaining for the Death of her Fawn
  12. To his Coy Mistress
  13. Upon Appleton House, to my Lord Fairfax

Notes on Life and Works

All the poems of Marvell were published (three years after his death) in Miscellaneous Poems, 1681. Most of them cannot be accurately dated.

Biographical information

Given name: Andrew
Family name: Marvell
Birth date: 31 March 1621
Death date: 18 August 1678
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Andrew Marvell
          wife: Mary Marvell
          Grammar school of Hull
          Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A.): 14 December 1633 to 1638
Politics: Republican
Literary period: Seventeenth century
          Member of Parliament
          Secretaryship for foreign tongues
          Tutor: 1650
          Winestead, Holderness, Yorkshire: 31 March 1621
          Nun Appleton, Yorkshire: 1650
          Eton: 1653
Buried at: St. Giles-in-the-Fields
First RPO edition: 1997