Andrew Marvel, In The Garden Analizi
- The poet uses nature as the starting point for certain philosophical speculations-where nature, reflected in the mind, assumes a life of its own.
- The garden is a natural Paradise, a pre-fall world in which the poet’s identity is dissolved and the human corruption is separated from the natural goodness.
- The poem begins with the idea that people try in vain to win laurels since the narrow shadows of these crowns dont reflect the efforts that were done to obtain such an honour.
- In the second stanza the poet turns to the “sacred plants” Sweet solitude and her sister Innocence, realizing that it was a mistake to look for them in the compony of the people. Such sacred plants only can grow among the plants in nature.
- He understand that society, considered to be a refined order, is nothing but rude and vulgar in comparison to solitude. Not many people understand that the beauty of the garden is incomparable more overwhelming than the beauty of a lover.
- In the fourth stanza expresses a change in the attitude: when people exhaust the passion, love comes to its end and even the gods Apollo and Pan that fall in love with mortal beauties, know that after the passion ends their beloved ones would conveniently turn into plants, meaning that all passions eventually turn to nature.
- In the fifth stanza the poet expresses a hedonistic idea in that garden is a fertile Paradise where fruits offer themselves to be tasted and at the same time the garden could be the place for important scientific discoveries, as it was the case of Newton who discovers the theory of gravity. The Garden is thus the background where scientific and pleasurable things co-exist.
- Human mind is likened to an ocean and ever experiences of mind creates a new sea. In the garden mind forgets everyting and contemplates the nature.
This passage of the poem typifies metaphysical poetry in its astonishing leap from the concrete to abstract, from objects to the thoughts