1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Andrew Marvell

William Hazlitt, in Select British Poets (1824); Works, ed. Howe (1932) 9:238.



MARVELL is a writer almost forgotten: but undeservedly so. His poetical reputation seems to have sunk with his political party. His satires were coarse, quaint, and virulent; but his other productions are full of a lively, tender, and elegant fancy. His verses leave an echo on the ear, and find one in the heart. See those entitled BERMUDAS, TO HIS COY MISTRESS, ON THE DEATH OF A FAWN, &c.