The Appearance of the Poetic Character in Andrew Marvell
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I propose to treat the entire work as the production of a single spirit. I will be interested in the continuity as well as the variety to be found in Marvell. Such an approach points away from the kind of criticism which Eliot feels is most important and profitable in evaluating Marvell. It points away from isolating the purest element and considering only the best poems. Instead I will be interested in finding what is continuous in all of Marvell's writing and what draws it together as one work. This study will limit itself to a small number of Marvell's poems, only one or two of which are among his best. It chooses as its focus the appearance and recurrence of poetic persona. Marvell tended toward the creation of these characters for several reasons and several different types appear.