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The date of Marvell's Hortus

Moul, V; (2019) The date of Marvell's Hortus. The Seventeenth Century , 34 (3) pp. 329-351. 10.1080/0268117X.2018.1482228. Green open access

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Abstract

A post-Restoration dating of Marvell’s poem The Garden and its Latin companion piece “Hortus” to around 1668 has been generally accepted in recent criticism, despite some counter-arguments from those who defend the traditional dating to Marvell’s period at Nun Appleton (1650–2). None of these analyses, however, have attempted to date the Latin rather than the English poem. This article offers a new dating of “Hortus” to around 1654, during Marvell’s time at Eton as tutor to John Dutton. The argument is based on a series of parallels and allusions to Latin poetry either dating from, or demonstrably particularly fashionable in, the period between 1646 and 1654, as well as close attention to the political resonance and contemporary understanding of the poem’s classical sources. As such, it is also a case study in the dating of neo-Latin verse, of which many thousands of examples survive from seventeenth-century England.

Type: Article
Title: The date of Marvell's Hortus
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0268117X.2018.1482228
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/0268117X.2018.1482228
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Andrew Marvell, ‘The Garden’, ‘Hortus’, Protectorate, neo-Latin poetry
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071126
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