“The Garden”, by Andrew Marvel – Summary

“The Garden”, by Andrew Marvell, is one of the most famous metaphysical poems of the seventeenth century. This poem was likely written in Marvell’s final years, when he had retired from tutoring Mary Fairfax, daughter of Thomas Fairfax (whom he addresses in Upon Appleton House, to my Lord Fairfax) who, in turn, was a General in the army of Oliver Cromwell.