Balance and counterbalance in Andrew Marvell's pastoral poems

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Anne Kimberly Bryson Allen (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Amy M. Charles

Abstract: It was the purpose of this study to examine in a selection of Andrew Marvell's lyric poems, various aspects of temporal life against the background of the Elizabethan concept of universal cosmic order. The poems included in the selection are "The Garden," "The Coronet," "On a Drop of Dew," "The Mower against Gardens," "Damon the Mower," "The Mower to the Glo-Worms," and "The Mower's Song." The poems were considered in terms of theme and Marvell's poetic treatment. The three major themes examined are harmony between man and God, harmony between man and nature, and woman's place within the cosmic order. All of the poems were found to operate within the framework of man's ideal position within the seventeenth-century cosmology. All reflect Marvell's characteristic poetic dualism. He presents the conflicts, but offers only limited solutions, and no resolutions.

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Language: English
Date: 1977
Marvell, Andrew, $d 1621-1678 $x Criticism and interpretation

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