Marvell Questions

ENGL 520

Dr. Fike


Day One:  "To His Coy Mistress" & "Definition of Love"


Day Two:


Our book anthologizes 42 pages of Marvell’s poems (pages 829-71)—more than we can possibly cover in a week’s time.  It is okay to read just the poems in the following list.  I have organized them into groups according to their subjects, and within these categories I have boldfaced the most important poem(s).  We will most certainly have time to discuss all the poems with boldfaced titles.  Questions on each poem follow in a separate section.


Categories of Marvell’s Poems


Day One





Day Two







Questions about specific poems


Religion and philosophy:


832:  “The Coronet”


856:  “On a Drop of Dew”


857:  “A Dialogue between the Soul and Body”


863:  “Bermudas”




832:  “The Gallery”


833:  “The Definition of Love”


834:  “To His Coy Mistress”


Mower poems:  858:  “Damon the Mower”; 860:  “The Mower to the Glow-worms”; 860:  “The Mower’s Song”


Rural life:


855:  “The Garden”


858:  “The Mower against Gardens”




835:  “An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell’s Return From Ireland”


864:  “The First Anniversary of the Government under His Highness the Lord Protector”


Poems about the relationship between the active life and rural life:


838:  “The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn”


841:  “Upon Appleton House, To my Lord Fairfax”