Definition of Andrew Marvell from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Andrew Marvell

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(1621-78) one of the English metaphysical poets. Among his best-known poems is To his Coy Mistress, a clever and entertaining attempt to persuade a young woman to go to bed with him. During his life Marvell was better known as a Member of Parliament (1659-78) and a supporter of Oliver Cromwell.
Had we but world enough, and time,Such coyness lady were no crime..But at my back I always hearTime's winged chariot hurrying near..The grave's a fine and private place,But none, I think, do there embrace.
from To his Coy Mistress