Robert Herrick and Andrew Marvel Essay

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Poetry has been a way of expression for centuries. Poets like Shakespeare and Edgar Alan Poe are known worldwide but there are accomplished poets that are not as well known. Two poets in particular are Robert Herrick, the writer of “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”, and Andrew Marvell, the writer of “To His Coy Mistress”. This paper will inform you of the events in these men’s lives, the summaries of these poems, and the professional criticisms written about the poems. According to EBSCO, Robert Herrick was born in London in the year 1591(par. 1). As a child, he spent most of his time in Hampton and became an apprentice to his uncle who was a jeweler to the king (par. 1). He was a graduate of Cambridge and soon after, in 1627, …show more content…
In a criticism, done by Wendy Perkins, she states that Herrick incorporates Christian and classical tradition into the carpe diem theme of “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” (par. 3). An example of this is how Herrick suggests to the readers to have sex while they can but that they should wait until they are married to enjoy it (par. 3). In a critical essay done by Judi Ketteler, she questions what Herrick is implying in this poem when he says, “go marry” (par. 2). “Is Herrick relegating women to marriage as the only option for happiness and fulfillment, or is he encouraging women to explore their sexuality as a means of fulfillment?” (Ketteler par. 2). In addition, Ketteler’s opinion on the use of Christian and classical tradition is similar to that of Perkins’. According to ProQuest Biographies, Andrew Marvell was born at Winestead-in-Holderness, Yorkshire March 31, 1621 (par. 2). He attended Hull Grammar School and on April 13, 1638 he became a scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge (par. 2). While Marvell was attending Cambridge he published his first verses (par. 2). In 1641, Marvell decided to travel to Holland, France, Italy, and Spain, which influenced his poetry greatly, but later he returned to England in 1648 (par. 3 & 4). Inspiration for some of Marvell’s best poetry came from when he moved back home to Yorkshire, where he became a tutor in modern languages (par. 5). On September 2, 1657 Marvell was appointed to

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