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Andrew Marvell

Because of this review (in hard copy) of a biography of Andrew Marvell, and also because of a fine Ashbrook Thesis defense on Milton's Paradise Lost (Marvell was a contemporary) I read some of his poems this weekend. I find them hard to resist, pulls you in like the magnet eyes of a lover. He attracts my heart and holds my mind. Take a look at On a Drop of Dew first, then To His Coy Mistress, and then the longer (and best?) An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland.  Well, maybe even this, which begins, "O who shall, from this dungeon, raise/A soul enslav'd so many ways?"

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