"A Green Thought In A Green Shade"
Context: Andrew Marvell echoes the metaphysical poetry of John Donne. Some of the same puzzling paradoxes, far-fetched analogies, and unusual rhythms are found in Marvell's "The Garden" as are found in Donne's poetry. The poet seeks "fair Quiet" and her sister, "Innocence," in the "delicious solitude" of the garden. He muses on the beauty of the place, its lavish bounty of fruit and flowers, and for a time he is so enthralled that his soul seems to be freed of both the body and the mind:
Withdraws into its happiness–The mind, that ocean where each kindDoes straight its own resemblance find;Yet it creates, transcending these,Far other worlds, and other seas,Annihilating all that's madeTo a green thought in a green shade.