A Short Analysis of Andrew Marvell’s ‘The Definition of Love’

A bold analysis of a work by one of my favourite writers, whose work exemplifies all I love and admire in the poets art.

Interesting Literature

A reading of a classic Marvell poem

‘The Definition of Love’ is a poem by Andrew Marvell (1621-78), an English poet who lived in Hull and whose work is closely associated with the Metaphysical Poets of the seventeenth century. In this post we offer a short summary and analysis of ‘The Definition of Love’, paying particular attention to its language, meaning, and themes.

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

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