To His Coy Mistress

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An Analysis on To His Coy Mistress "To His Coy Mistress", written by English poet Andrew Marwell, acclaimed long after Marvell's death a masterly work, is a lyrical poem that scholars also classify as a metaphysical poem. Let’s begin its analysis with the background information of the poet. Andrew Marwell (1621-1678), the son of a Yorkshire schoolmaster, was brought up in the seaport-town of Hull. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge at the age of 12 and took his degree in 1638. In January, 1641, his father was drowned while crossing Humber, and soon Marwell left Cambridge for London. Between 1643-1647 he traveled for 4 years in Holland, France, Italy, and Spain. On his return from the Continent he moved in London literary circles. In 1650, he became tutor to the 12-year-old daughter of a retired Parliamentary general Lord Fairfax and spent a few years in Fairfax’s country house, writing poems in praise of gardens and country life, such as “Upon Appleton House” and “The Garden”.In 1657, at Milton’s suggestion, Marwell became Milton’s assistant as Latin Secretary to Cromwell’s govrnment. In 1659 he was electedMember of Parliament and held the seat until his death in 1678. Famed in his day as patriot, satirist, and foe to tyranny, Marwell was virtually unknown as a lyric poet. His poems were more appreciated in 19th –century America than in England. It was not until after the First World War, with Grierson’s Metaphrsical Lyrics and T.S. Eliot’s “Andrew Marwell” that the modern high estimation of his potery began to prevail. In the second half of the 20th-century, his small body of lyrics was subjected to more explanatory effort than the work of any other metaphysical poet. “Metaphysical poetry” refers to highly intellectualized poetry written chiefly in 17th-century England. With a rebellious spirit, the metaphysical poets tried to break away from
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