This chapter brings together two kinds of discourse, lyrical poetry and satirical propaganda. The first part of the chapter develops themes from Chapter 3: the politically motivated use of allegations of homosexual behaviour. But in this case they have a special inflection, as material from a range of pamphlet attacks on Marvell repeatedly deploys the idea that he is impotent and ambiguous or amphibious. These sexually charged caricatures are then used as the starting point for a reading of the ambiguous elements in Marvell's own lyric poetry, highlighting moments when homoerotic motifs complicate the texture of ostensibly homosexual poems.
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