famous poetry
| Famous Poetry | Roleplay | Free Video Tutorials | Online Poetry Club | Free Education | Best of Youtube | Ear Training

The Garden Analysis



Author: Poetry of Andrew Marvell Type: Poetry Views: 828



How vainly men themselves amaze
To win the Palm, the Oke, or Bayes;
And their uncessant Labours see
Crown'd from some single Herb or Tree,
Whose short and narrow verged Shade
Does prudently their Toyles upbraid;
While all Flow'rs and all Trees do close
To weave the Garlands of repose.

Fair quiet, have I found thee here,
And Innocence thy Sister dear!
Mistaken long, I sought you then
In busie Companies of Men.
Your sacred Plants, if here below,
Only among the Plants will grow.
Society is all but rude,
To this delicious Solitude.

No white nor red was ever seen
So am'rous as this lovely green.
Fond Lovers, cruel as their Flame,
Cut in these Trees their Mistress name.
Little, Alas, they know, or heed,
How far these Beauties Hers exceed!
Fair Trees! where s'eer you barkes I wound,
No Name shall but your own be found.

When we have run our Passions heat,
Love hither makes his best retreat.
The Gods, that mortal Beauty chase,
The Gods, that mortal Beauty chase,
Apollo hunted Daphne so,
Only that She might Laurel grow.
And Pan did after Syrinx speed,
Not as a Nymph, but for a Reed.

What wond'rous Life in this I lead!
Ripe Apples drop about my head;
The Luscious Clusters of the Vine
Upon my Mouth do crush their Wine;
The Nectaren, and curious Peach,
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on Melons, as I pass,
Insnar'd with Flow'rs, I fall on Grass.

Mean while the Mind, from pleasure less,
Withdraws into its happiness:
The Mind, that Ocean where each kind
Does streight its own resemblance find;
Yet it creates, transcending these,
Far other Worlds, and other Seas;
Annihilating all that's made
To a green Thought in a green Shade.

Here at the Fountains sliding foot,
Or at some Fruit-tress mossy root,
Casting the Bodies Vest aside,
My Soul into the boughs does glide:
There like a Bird it sits, and sings,
Then whets, and combs its silver Wings;
And, till prepar'd for longer flight,
Waves in its Plumes the various Light.

Such was that happy Garden-state,
While Man there walk'd without a Mate:
After a Place so pure, and sweet,
What other Help could yet be meet!
But 'twas beyond a Mortal's share
To wander solitary there:
Two Paradises 'twere in one
To live in Paradise alone.

How well the skilful Gardner drew
Of flow'rs and herbes this Dial new;
Where from above the milder Sun
Does through a fragrant Zodiack run;
And, as it works, th' industrious Bee
Computes its time as well as we.
How could such sweet and wholsome Hours
Be reckon'd but with herbs and flow'rs!


Sponsor


122 Free Video Tutorials

[Video Tutorial] How to build google chrome extensions

Please add me on youtube. I make free educational video tutorials on youtube such as Basic HTML and CSS.

Free Online Education from Top Universities

Yes! It's true. Online College Education is now free!



||| Analysis | Critique | Overview Below |||




.: :.

The poem reflects Marvell's love for nature over all other things.

| Posted on 2014-03-22 | by a guest


.: :.

one of the quotes seems to sum up the poem quite nicely :\" No red , nor white was ever seen so amourous as this lovely green\" white being a symbol of the purity , men found attractive in women in the 17th century , while the red symbolising lovers heat and passion they feel during love. Marvel compares these qualities of human romance with nature and reveals how he feels natures love is far more eternal and longlasting . Like \"Apollo\'s\" love for \"Daphne\"when she turned into a tree.
Marvel often uses fire to symbolise human love in his poems like in the \" mower to the glow-worms\" he mentions \"foolish fire\" , and in this poem he classes them as \"lovers heat\" and \"lovers , cruel as their flame\" , the use of heat and fire , suggests the destruction of human love and may refer to his failed relationship with a women of the name Juliana.
Overall the poem seems to be comfronting society and its abuse for nature, he refurs to nature as a close relative \"Fair quiet have i found the here, and innocence thy sister dear\"revealing the comfort and intamacy he feels towards nature\" while he mocks society for not seeing it themselves \" society is all but rude , to this delicious solitude\".

| Posted on 2012-06-19 | by a guest


.: :.

This is more about the idea that materialistic pursuits yield insignificant results next to spiritual pursuits.

| Posted on 2011-03-15 | by a guest


.: :.

Andrew Marvell is a seventeenth century poet. He may be considered both a puritan and a metaphysical poet. The poem reflects the superiority of nature over human society. For the poet, before the repose one gets in the garden, the victories men work hard to get are useless. He says, the company of men in the society when compared to the company one enjoys in the garden with quietness and innocence looks rude. For the poet, the colour green and the trees which reflect that colour are lovely. Discussing how the gods and goddesses took refuge in the garden, he writes how garden refreshes physically, mentally and spiritually. As Garden itself is a paradise (a happy place), being alone in the garden makes one enjoy two paradises in one. Spending all alone in the garden gives extreme happiness and such sweet and happy hours have to be counted with herbs and flowers.
SRG

| Posted on 2010-09-15 | by a guest


.: :.

Andrew Marvell is a seventeenth century poet. He may be considered both a puritan and a metaphysical poet. The poem reflects the superiority of nature over human society. For the poet, before the repose one gets in the garden, the victories men work hard to get are useless. He says, the company of men in the society when compared to the company one enjoys in the garden with quietness and innocence looks rude. For the poet, the colour green and the trees which reflect that colour are lovely. Discussing how the gods and goddesses took refuge in the garden, he writes how garden refreshes physically, mentally and spiritually. As Garden itself is a paradise (a happy place), being alone in the garden makes one enjoy two paradises in one. Spending all alone in the garden gives extreme happiness and such sweet and happy hours have to be counted with herbs and flowers.
SRG

| Posted on 2010-09-15 | by a guest


.: :.

Marvell is a great set of comics such as spiderman and daredevil. Screw british literature

| Posted on 2009-10-07 | by a guest


.: :.

This reading is very narrow and simplistic in that it assumes Marvell is just accepting the garden as a happy state to experience a retreat within- 'abbihilating all thats made,' also suggests destruction, the garden is representative of the place where the fall occured,but notice in this poem adam wander 'without a mate,' so this is before the fall- thus even though its before the fall there are still sinister connotations with the garden and nature itself regardless of it being fallen or not. also consider two important lines from marvell's poetry 'the garden of the world ere while...what luckless apples did we taste, to make us mortal and thee waster.' consider keats- to autumn- the apples dropping about his head, a very odd way of describing that motion, concentrating more on the physical action of them dropping than of the fruit gained from that action. nature in excess, nature as dangerous.

| Posted on 2009-05-18 | by a guest


.: :.

* "vainly men amaze"- reminiscent of Miltonís frequent references to vanity
* "the palm, the oak, or bays"- the listing is similar to what is done in epic form; each item respectively refers to war, public life, and poetry. There is a sense that men can never seem to attain high recognition in all arenas.
* "uncessant labors"- similar to how Adam and Eve toiled in the Garden
* "some single herb or tree . . . / Does prudently their toils upbraid / Society is all but rude, / To this delicious solitude."--compare to PL IV.250-251: "Hesperian fables true, / If true here only, and of delicious taste." Marvell seems to shun society in favor of nature. Marvell especially shuns the company of women, as he clearly prefers the beauty of the trees to the beauty of any woman; he remarks on the cruelty in carving a womanís name in the trunk of a tree since the woman represents such frivolity and the tree is true beauty.
* Like Milton, Marvell alludes to Daphne and Apollo and the significance of the tree in their story ("laurel grow") as well as allusions to Pan ("after Syrinx speed, not as a nymph, but for a reed") also signifying the importance of the reed that may or may not reflect music.
* Marvellís speaker appears to delight in nature as "Ripe apples drop about my head" and nature meets his every whim; he is ecstatic to be surrounded by beauty.
* "Annihilating all thatís made / To a green thought in a green shade"-- He places all the efforts of his mind on the garden that god has created for him.
* "My soul . . . There like a / bird it sits, and sings / Then whets, and combs its silver wings"--This evokes the image of an angel or dove (mentioned in Psalms 68:13) as well as Miltonís Wisdom who "plumes her feathers, and lets grow her wings" in "sweet retired solitude" (Comus 375-80)
* "Such was that happy garden state, / While man there walked without a mate:"--Marvellís speaker seems content without a wife or help mate:
* "Two Paradises Ďtwere in one / To live in Paradise alone."-- In other words, Adam would have been better off without Eve
* "Skilful gardener"--Is it God or Adam who actually tilled the soil?

| Posted on 2008-12-28 | by a guest




Post your Analysis




Message

Free Online Education from Top Universities

Yes! It's true. College Education is now free!







Most common keywords

The Garden Analysis Andrew Marvell critical analysis of poem, review school overview. Analysis of the poem. literary terms. Definition terms. Why did he use? short summary describing. The Garden Analysis Andrew Marvell Characters archetypes. Sparknotes bookrags the meaning summary overview critique of explanation online education meaning metaphors symbolism characterization itunes. Quick fast explanatory summary. pinkmonkey free cliffnotes cliffnotes ebook pdf doc file essay summary literary terms analysis professional definition summary synopsis sinopsis interpretation critique The Garden Analysis Andrew Marvell itunes audio book mp4 mp3



Poetry 80
Poetry 21
Poetry 107
Poetry 37
Poetry 30
Poetry 75
Poetry 59
Poetry 19
Poetry 121
Poetry 45
Poetry 24
Poetry 133
Poetry 69
Poetry 6
Poetry 107
Poetry 180
Poetry 146
Poetry 144
Poetry 78
Poetry 69