George Street’s ‘Marvell-ous’ Metaphysic

Looking down George Street in this archive image of 1907, the statue in the middle of the road is of Andrew Marvell (31st March 1621-16th August 1678), a politician, satirist, and poet of the metaphysical genre; a style known for its spoken verse.  Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, he went on to serve as an MP at various times between 1659 and 1678, writing numerous poems or ‘conceits’, many about topical satire or religious themes.  His statue now stands in Trinity Square, near Hull Minster and Trinity House, for which he once served as a London agent.