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Andrew Marvell
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Born in Winestead, East Yorkshire
Born on 31st of March 1621
Died on 16th of August 1678

It is as a metaphysical poet (and as a friend of Milton) that we know Marvell today. The majority of his verse was only published after his death - in his own time he was more noted as a politician, serving as MP for Hull in several parliaments. He tutored a ward of Cromwell and praised the Lord Protector in verse, but was overall a fair-minded republican who having observed the failings of Charles I and Charles II took against the monarchy in general and the Stuarts in particular.

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