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In-Class Poetry Analysis - Andrew Marvell.

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Vivek Salgaocar IB Language Arts 2 9/11/2003 Ms. Pullen In-Class Poetry Analysis Civil wars are conflicts that usually exist between the masses and the rulers of a particular country or land. They arise due to unhappiness that exists within, due to which people rise up in revolt. Written about the British civil wars that broke out during the second half of the 17th century, this poem, by Andrew Marvell, speaks of the views of the groups of people that revolted against the administrators of Britain of that time, most likely the revolting middle-class. As is characteristic of metaphysical poets and poetry, he uses a wide variety of poetic devices like apostrophes and conceits to put forward his views in a strong and convincing manner. ...read more.


He says they grow similar to the way in which flowers grow, when in bloom[a4]. These people, like the colorful flowers, are part of a larger picture - Britain, just like the flowers are all part of the garden. However, they are oppressed and are not given the free-will to express their thoughts and feelings and they are helpless before the "vigilant patrol" of England. They pretend to show support to the dominant power by holding out flags of support, which are compared to the leaves attached to the stalks of flowers. The support that they display is false and in truth, they are only giving themselves time to scheme against them. ...read more.


He asks what poisoned fruit the people had eaten to deserve this revolution and turmoil[a5]. The poet does not want to see Britain go to "waste" due to the carelessness of its people. He wants to be administered by people that are worthy and capable. He wants to turn back time and return to the past. He longs for times of peace and longs for the harmonious Britain that existed before the war. He longs for the times during which people bore roses and not arms in their hands. He concludes the poem with a question to make a lasting impression on the reader and asks whether it would be possible for Britain to ever re-attain the greatness that it had and which has been lost, according to the poet. ...read more.

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