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Andrew MARVELL - connected to Cavaliers but is not one of them some authors regard him as one of the important poet of the metaphysical school - was appointed Latin Secretary to the Council of State place previously occupied by his friend Milton Mourned Cromwells death in Upon the death of his late Highness the Lord Protector was an MP his influence secured Miltons release from prison after the Restoration published his satirical verse The Last Instructions to a Painter which cannot begin to compare to his best lyrical poetry - To His Coy Mistress is a picturesque and strong presentation of the carpe diem theme The Garden depicts a lovely garden felicity as symbol of the unfallen life in Eden - be that as it may he is a master of secular and religious poetry equally - his best poetry combines true metaphysical wit with perfect classical grace and poise to a greater extent than any other poet of the century - his best and most characteristic poems are those in which an adventurous wit is perfectly subdued to the quiet texture of his verse to produce a poetry at once contemplative and exciting gravely formal and mysteriously suggestive - in his best poetries in his character he combined the best of Cavalier wit and courtesy with the quiet gravity of a humane Puritan But the combination was too individual and subtle to provide a pattern for future poets Carpe diem theme in To His Coy Mistress The second poem that this essay discusses is Andrew Marvells To His Coy Mistress The poem is narrated by a young man heated with passion who is speaking to his mistress In reading this poem I became convinced that the speaker was Marvell himself because he wrote it with such emotion and grace The poem begins Had we but world enough and time This coyness lady were no
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