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Poetry and Allegiance in the English Civil Wars: Marvell and the Cause of Wit

Nicholas McDowell


This book is about the things which could unite, rather than divide, poets during the English Civil Wars: friendship, patronage relations, literary admiration, and anticlericalism. The central figure is Andrew Marvell, renowned for his ‘ambivalent’ allegiance in the late 1640s. Little is known about Marvell's associations in this period, when many of his best-known lyrics were composed. The London literary circle which formed in 1647 under the patronage of the wealthy royalist Thomas Stanley included ‘Cavalier’ friends of Marvell such as Richard Lovelace but also John Hall, a Parliamentarian p ... More

Keywords: Marvell, Cavaliers, royalist, republican, friendship, poetry, patronage, London, Civil War, literary circles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199278008
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas McDowell, author
Department of English, University of Exeter
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