1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Andrew Marvell

Anonymous, in Retrospective Review 11 (1824) 174.



As a poet, Marvel was certainly unequal; and some of his most beautiful passages are alloyed with vulgarism and common-place similes. His poem of the Nymph lamenting the Death of her Fawn, is, perhaps, the most finished, and, on the whole, the best of the collection. All the poems, however, contain more or less of poetic beauty; some, great tenderness of feeling and expression; and others, successful descriptions of nature and pastoral scenes.