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Andrew Marvell (1621-78) was best known during his lifetime as a classical scholar and political satirist. Although a friend and colleague of John Milton and an unofficial laureate to Oliver Cromwell, he was virtually unknown as a lyric poet until after his death.

Reappraised by later generations and now famed for the elegant style, enigmatic wit and emotive power of works like ‘The Garden’, ‘The Definition of Love’ and ‘To His Coy Mistress’, Marvell has taken his place among the greatest of the metaphysical poets.



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The Coronet
Damon the Mower
The Definition of Love
A Dialogue Between the Soul and Body
Eyes and Tears
The Garden
An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland
The Mower Against Gardens
The Mower’s Song
The Mower to the Glow-Worms
The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Faun
On a Drop of Dew
On Mr Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’
The Picture of Little T.C. in a Prospect of Flowers
To His Coy Mistress
Upon the Death of Lord Hastings

Upon Appleton House
(an unabridged reading by Nicholas Pegg)

A Brief Life of Andrew Marvell by John Aubrey
(an unabridged reading by Nicholas Pegg)

Herbs and Flowers and Gigue
(two incidental music suites by Howard Carter)




Andrew Marvell – Selected Poems is a set text for the following examinations:

  • AQA AS & A-Level English Literature B (Elements of the Pastoral 1300-1800 specifies ‘The Garden’, ‘The Mower, Against Gardens’, ‘The Mower’s Song’, ‘The Mower to the Glow Worms’ & ‘Damon the Mower’)
  • EdExcel GCE English Language & Literature (Women’s Lives specifies ‘To His Coy Mistress’;Love and Loss specifies Andrew Marvell)
  • EdExcel GCE English Literature (Poetry specifies ‘Bermudas’, ‘The Nymph Complaining…’, ‘To His Coy Mistress’ & ‘The Definition of Love’; Interpretations of Prose and Poetry specifies Andrew Marvell)
  • OCR GCE English Literature (Drama and Poetry pre-1800 specifies Andrew Marvell)




Works by Andrew Marvell:
The Poems of Andrew Marvell, ed. Nigel Smith (Longman, 2006)
Andrew Marvell: Selected Poetry and Prose, ed. Robert Wilcher (Routledge, 1986)
The Complete Poems, ed. Elizabeth Story Donno (Penguin, 1985)
Poems and Letters, ed. Pierre Legouis, H.M. Margoliouth and E.E. Duncan-Jones (Clarendon Press, 1972)

Studies of Andrew Marvell:
M.C. Bradbrook & M.G. Lloyd-Thomas, Andrew Marvell (Cambridge University Press, 1940)
John Carey (Ed), Andrew Marvell: A Critical Anthology (Penguin, 1969)
Hilton Kelliher, Andrew Marvell: Poet and Politician (British Library, 1978)
Pierre Legouis, Andrew Marvell: Poet, Puritan, Patriot (Oxford University Press, 1928; English translation published 1965)
J.B. Leishman, The Art of Marvell’s Poetry (Hutchinson, 1966)
Nicholas Murray, Andrew Marvell: World Enough and Time (Little, Brown & Company, 1999)
Robert H. Ray, An Andrew Marvell Companion (Routledge, 1998)
Nigel Smith, Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon (Yale University Press, 2010)
Elizabeth Story Donno (Ed), Andrew Marvell: The Critical Heritage (Routledge, 1995)
John M. Wallace, Destiny His Choice: The Loyalism of Andrew Marvell (Cambridge University Press, 1968)
Robert Wilcher, Andrew Marvell (British and Irish Authors) (Cambridge University Press, 1985)





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Nicholas Pegg


Nicholas Pegg


Howard Carter

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Cover Art

Alex Mallinson




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