Marvell In Rome

Andrew Marvell's Daphnis and Chloe is the most sophisticated treatment in English literature of the pastoral lovers who inspired Ravel.

Marvell wrote his poem after a trip in the 1640s to Rome, where he came face to face with the rich architecture, art and literature that would inspire much of his verse.

Critic and writer Nigel Smith looks back at Marvell's Roman holiday and the great houses, gardens, paintings and sculptures that left a mark on his verse.

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Andrew Marvell's Daphnis and Chloe is the most sophisticated treatment in English literature of the pastoral lovers who inspired Ravel.

Marvell wrote his poem after a trip in the 1640s to Rome, where he came face to face with the rich architecture, art and literature that would inspire much of his verse.

Critic and writer Nigel Smith looks back at Marvell's Roman holiday and the great houses, gardens, paintings and sculptures that left a mark on his verse.