1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Andrew Marvell

Anonymous, in Edinburgh Review (1825); Russell, Book of Authors (1860) 84.



Marvell's poems are full of wit or sentiment, as the vein may be which he hit upon. Sometimes, indeed, his little plots of Parnassus are laid out rather too much in the style of old English gardening, square and formal; but they never fail in possessing something good. The heart of the poet was in everything he did, and there was not a purer or firmer one in the world.