Abstract

Andrew Marvell’s ‘Bermudas’ contributes to debates in Interregnum Britain about colonization of the New World, the idea of the ‘homeland’, and the identity of ‘true religion’. He creates what is in effect a sacred fable – a re-telling of the Exodus narrative – related not only to the Psalms and to psalm-paraphrase, but also to the theology of contemptus mundi that John Calvin articulates throughout his commentary on the Book of Psalms. In doing so, Marvell attempts to supplant Edmund Waller’s mock-heroic account of the Bermudas with his own devout mythos of the colony.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1832-8334
Print ISSN
0313-6221
Pages
pp. 203-219
Launched on MUSE
2013-09-13
Open Access
No
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