The divided world of Andrew Marvell

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Patricia Carden (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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William Mueller

Abstract: Andrew Marvell the man remains a mystery to us despite the fact that in his day he was a public figure. So little do we know about him that it is impossible to ascertain whether or not the Mary Marvell who authorized the publication of his poems was his wife or an imposter who was merely his landlady. We do not know if Marvell ever married. It is possible to reconstruct any semblance of Marvell the man only through his letters, a small body of prose propaganda, and a few remarkably fine poems which he has left behind. The evidence of the poems is that Marvell himself realized the frailty of earthly fame and would be ironically amused at the puzzlement caused by his shadowy ghost.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1958

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