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    Why is there so little scholarship on Andrew Marvell?

    There is a lot of scholarship (books, documentaries, lectures) on other well-known poets from around his era, such as John Donne and John Milton.

    Yet, there is comparably sparse scholarship on him. When I search for videos about Marvell on the Web, I find nearly nothing.


    Considering that he wrote such a considerable corpus of work, why is that? Why does it seem as if he's been neglected?

    Is he not fancied for some reason?
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    Because there is a hierarchy of priorities with everything and literature is one of them. YOu don't get to decide what is best for everyone someone else does all the work for us.
    There are thousands of writers out there worthy of looking at and reading but there is almost no changes in classical versus modern and it gets a bit boring after a while.
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    I wouldn't consider Marvell neglected, he might not get as much attention as Donne, but he's still among the most studied from the period. Milton is in another league and is only rivaled by Shakespeare when it comes to available scholarship.
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    Nobody reads poetry and nobody reads scholarship about poetry. That is the reason. It's easier to stick to icons like Shakespeare and Milton because at least people (albeit very few people) actually care. Nobody rushes out to buy the newest book on Marvell.

    Nobody actually cares about him except people who read and write poetry, who are almost non-existent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBI View Post
    Nobody reads poetry and nobody reads scholarship about poetry. That is the reason. It's easier to stick to icons like Shakespeare and Milton because at least people (albeit very few people) actually care. Nobody rushes out to buy the newest book on Marvell.

    Nobody actually cares about him except people who read and write poetry, who are almost non-existent.

    I wonder why so few people read poetry in their spare time? It can be a fun challenge.

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    What I think is interesting is that I couldn't find a single biographical movie/video about Marvell.


    I did find some on Milton, Shakespeare, Edith Wharton, and Chaucer.

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