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Poetry and Allegiance in the English Civil WarsMarvell and the Cause of Wit$
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Nicholas McDowell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278008

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278008.001.0001

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Introduction: Marvell and Friends

Introduction: Marvell and Friends

(p.1) Introduction: Marvell and Friends
Poetry and Allegiance in the English Civil Wars

Nicholas Mcdowell

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter emphasizes how Andrew Marvell the lyric poet has been divided in scholarship from Andrew Marvell the political poet. One of the goals of the book is to recover a social context for the early Marvell that can account for both the origins and audience of the lyric verse and the early political poems. This introduction surveys critical representations of Marvell as a solitary and private poet and juxtaposes these with evidence of his friendships with other poets after he had returned to England in 1646/7 from his travels on the continent. It also emphasizes the social function of poetry and its relationship with patronage for a man of Marvell's background and education in the 17th century.

Keywords:   Marvell, friendship, literary circles, publication, patronage, the court, lyric poetry, political allegiance, wit

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