The Mower's Song

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Andrew Marvell's "The Mower's Song" was published posthumously.

"The Mower's Song" is a pastoral poem by English poet Andrew Marvell, published posthumously in 1681. The work is the last of a series of four poems by Marvell known as the Mower poems.[1] Though the mower in this poem is not named, scholars have stated that all the Mower poems are in the voice of Damon the Mower.[2]

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In the poem, a man who works as a mower sings about his lover Juliana.[3] He compares her cruelty with his own cruelty to the grass he cuts.[4]


  1. ^ Ormerod, David (2000). Pastoral and lyric poems 1681. UWA Publishing, ISBN 978-1-876268-14-5
  2. ^ Wilcher, Robert (1985). Andrew Marvell, p. 100. CUP Archive, ISBN 978-0-521-27722-8
  3. ^ Reeves, James; Seymour-Smith, Martin (1969). The poems of Andrew Marvell. Barnes & Noble (reprint 1986), ISBN 978-0-435-15064-8
  4. ^ Glancy, Ruth F. (2002). Thematic guide to British poetry. Greenwood Publishing Group, ISBN 978-0-313-31379-0

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