Today's Featured Poet

Andrew Marvell

Andrew Marvell's wit and humor make this English metaphysical poet’s work memorable. He also wrote in the pastoral style of the classical Roman authors. Marvell was a talented statesman and worked as an assistant to John Milton when Milton was...

My love is of a birth as rare
As ’tis for object strange and high;
It was begotten by Despair
Upon Impossibility.

Magnanimous Despair alone
Could show me so divine a thing
Where feeble Hope could ne’er have flown,......

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