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Andrew Marvell


Poet, politician and satirist, born in Winestead, Hull, NE England, UK. He studied at Cambridge, travelled widely in Europe (1642–6), worked as a tutor, and became Milton's assistant (1657). He is remembered for his pastoral and love poems, notably ‘To His Coy Mistress’ and ‘Upon Appleton House’ (c.1652–3). Ranked among the metaphysical poets, his works were largely ignored until they were revived in the 20th-c, notably by T S Eliot, who recognized in them an integration of thought and feeling. After becoming an MP (1659), his writing was devoted to pamphlets and satires attacking intolerance and arbitrary government.

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