A chapter on the metaphysical poets is four-fifths Donne to one-fifth Herbert, with Marvell failing to get a look-in.
Marvell flung about three or four times with his hat, and then gave Harcourt a box on the ear.
Is the hypothesis of poison coeval with the date of Marvell's demise?
Marvell has nothing of the magnificence of Dryden, or of the finished malice of Pope.
But though we cannot concede these hymns to Marvell, he must not be underrated.
In this group of early poems, which are worth all the rest of Marvell's work put together, several strains predominate.
Mr. Marvell tried to look pleased, but signally failed in the attempt.
Marvell and Butler were rival wits, but Holland was a common butt; so powerful a motive is trade jealousy.
"Mr. Marvell will see you to your boat, Sir Rubert," he said.
The general differences between them are vast: but in imaginative intensity Marvell and Shelley are closely related.