Whig wit: Andrew Marvell and the Earls of Shaftesbury

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This essay begins recalling its original moment and place of delivery as a conference paper at St Giles's House, seat of the Earls of Shaftesbury, begun in March 1650 by Sir Anthony Ashley-Cooper, later Baron Ashley and first Earl of Shaftesbury.1 In it, I make some points of connection on the levels of political thought, religious identity, aesthetic philosophy, poetry, and material culture between the careers and writings of the first and third Earls of Shaftesbury, and what by 1700 had become known as a Whig literature, where the poetry and prose of Andrew Marvell played a key role. Marvell's poetry, as opposed to his prose, may be seen as a link between the career and interests of the first Earl and the aesthetic ideas of the third.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShaping enlightenment politics
Subtitle of host publicationThe social and political impact of the first and third earls of Shaftesbury
PublisherPeter Lang AG
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783653065367
ISBN (Print)9783631671634
StatePublished - Jun 21 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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