Sunday, August 02, 2009

A few pointers to Marvell:

Brief bios here, here, here, and here, complete older bio here.

Oliver Cromwell died in 1658. He was succeeded as Lord Protector by his son Richard, but in 1660 the monarchy was restored to Charles II. Marvell eventually came to write several long and bitterly satirical verses against the corruption of the court. Although they circulated in manuscript form, and some found anonymous publication in print, they were too politically sensitive and thus dangerous to be published under his name until well after his death. He avoided punishment for his own cooperation with republicanism, while he helped convince the government of Charles II not to execute John Milton for his antimonarchical writings and revolutionary activities. The closeness of the relationship between the two former office mates is indicated by the fact that Marvell contributed an eloquent prefatory poem to the second edition of Milton's famous epic Paradise Lost. According to a biographer:

Skilled in the arts of self-preservation, he was not a toady.[9]

Marvell's remains, like those of Milton, Blake, and Shakespeare, will not be found in Westminster Abbey. His grave may be found in St. Giles in the Fields, London.

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