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Andrew Marvell

Birthdate: 31. March 1621
Date of death: 16. August 1678

Andrew Marvell was an English metaphysical poet, satirist and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1659 and 1678. During the Commonwealth period he was a colleague and friend of John Milton. His poems range from the love-song "To His Coy Mistress", to evocations of an aristocratic country house and garden in "Upon Appleton House" and "The Garden", the political address "An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland", and the later personal and political satires "Flecknoe" and "The Character of Holland".

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To His Coy Mistress
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Bermudas
Bermudas
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„The mind, that ocean where each kind
Does straight its own resemblance find;
Yet it creates, transcending these,
Far other worlds, and other seas;
Annihilating all that's made
To a green thought in a green shade.“

—  Andrew Marvell

The Garden (1650-1652)
Context: Meanwhile the mind from pleasure less
Withdraws into its happiness;
The mind, that ocean where each kind
Does straight its own resemblance find;
Yet it creates, transcending these,
Far other worlds, and other seas;
Annihilating all that's made
To a green thought in a green shade.

„Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, Lady, were no crime.“

—  Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress

Source: To His Coy Mistress (1650-1652)
Context: Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, Lady, were no crime.
We would sit down and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love's day.

„Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.“

—  Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress

Source: To His Coy Mistress (1650-1652)
Context: Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Thorough the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

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„How fit is he to sway
That can so well obey ("Horatian Ode," 83-84),“

—  Andrew Marvell

An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland (1650), lines 83-84; on political authority.

„…the inglorious arts of peace…“

—  Andrew Marvell

Upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland (1650)

„Art indeed is long, but life is short.“

—  Andrew Marvell

Upon the Death of Lord Hastings (1649), last line
Variant: "Art is long, and time is fleeting." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Psalm of Life (1839).

„So much one man can do,
That does both act and know.“

—  Andrew Marvell

Upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland (1650)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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