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Andrew MarvellThe Chameleon$
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Nigel Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300112214

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300112214.001.0001

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The Tutor

The Tutor

(p.102) Chapter 5 The Tutor
Andrew Marvell

Nigel Smith

Yale University Press

This chapter recounts the events in Andrew Marvell's life following his leave of the Fairfax household in 1652. It tells, for example, of his pursuit of employment, and at the same time covers the works that he was able to produce during this period, such as his most famous lyric ‘To His Coy Mistress’ or another notable work, ‘The Character of Holland.’ The later poem showcased Marvell's understanding of politics, particularly the rivalry between the English and the Dutch, and how the Dutch stood in relation to the English. ‘The Character of Holland’ was able to produce positive results in Marvell's life—such as the attention his work received from Oliver Cromwell, a man asserting himself as the most eminent man in the country. This brought Marvell to be appointed as governor or tutor to William Dutton, a prospective son-in-law of Cromwell. The chapter then narrates the events and history of Marvell's life as Dutton's tutor—the accomplishments, works, and influences he gained during this time.

Keywords:   Fairfax household, His Coy Mistress, Marvell, Character of Holland, Oliver Cromwell, William Dutton

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