From U to P: the unlikely route to a doctorate

At the age of 18, I failed a mock A-Level exam on the seventeenth-century poet, Andrew Marvell. Eleven years later, I submitted a doctoral thesis on him. This is a brief overview of the journey from failure to redemption. … More From U to P: the unlikely route to a doctorate

Broken Dreams: Marvell’s Poetics of Privacy

It feels like the final chapter of my thesis, on Andrew Marvell’s ‘Poetics of Privacy’, has been a traumatic experience. Not simply because writing by day and by night on different subjects is gruelling, but because the private internal negotiations that Marvell constantly faced and the impossibility of choice he so often found himself with leave a man permanently trapped in a life that offers so little solace and almost nothing except a desperate rush towards the end. … More Broken Dreams: Marvell’s Poetics of Privacy