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Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) was an English poet, and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterized as a sage writer, a type of writer who c Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) was an English poet, and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterized as a sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues. In 1849, he published his first book of poetry, The Strayed Reveller. In 1850 Wordsworth died; Arnold published his "Memorial Verses" on the older poet in Fraser's Magazine. In 1852, he published his second volume of poems, Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems. In 1853, he published Poems: A New Edition, a selection from the two earlier volumes famously excluding Empedocles on Etna, but adding new poems, Sohrab and Rustum and The Scholar- Gipsy. In 1865, he published Essays in Criticism: First Series. Essays in Criticism: Second Series would not appear until November 1888, shortly after his death.


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Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) was an English poet, and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterized as a sage writer, a type of writer who c Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) was an English poet, and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterized as a sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues. In 1849, he published his first book of poetry, The Strayed Reveller. In 1850 Wordsworth died; Arnold published his "Memorial Verses" on the older poet in Fraser's Magazine. In 1852, he published his second volume of poems, Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems. In 1853, he published Poems: A New Edition, a selection from the two earlier volumes famously excluding Empedocles on Etna, but adding new poems, Sohrab and Rustum and The Scholar- Gipsy. In 1865, he published Essays in Criticism: First Series. Essays in Criticism: Second Series would not appear until November 1888, shortly after his death.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar

    Using the classics as a touchstone, Arnold has tried to give a real estimate of Chaucer, Dryden, Gray and Burns. And in doing so has shown the way to judge poetry of all times. Very effectively explained with beautiful examples. His language too is easy to grasp. A must for students of English and Scottish Literature...

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    Noah

    Arnold writes a pretty essay, to be sure. I would give my frontal lobe to be able to write as well. There are also many wonderful bits about educating the poetic taste of young students. (Arnold's advice: Make them memorize passages from the greats and judge everything they read by them.) Arnold also dispenses sound advice on how best to appreciate poetry. (Summary: unless you aim to write a biography of the poet, only attempt to understand enough of the poem's context to be able to enter its wo Arnold writes a pretty essay, to be sure. I would give my frontal lobe to be able to write as well. There are also many wonderful bits about educating the poetic taste of young students. (Arnold's advice: Make them memorize passages from the greats and judge everything they read by them.) Arnold also dispenses sound advice on how best to appreciate poetry. (Summary: unless you aim to write a biography of the poet, only attempt to understand enough of the poem's context to be able to enter its world and enjoy it.) And yet ... especially in the opening pages, Arnold gives to poetry the same intellectual space as Christianity does to revelation—that of teaching us moral principles and bringing us outside space and time and controversy (especially controversy) to the transcendent and numinous. At times he even seems to give poetry the same role which Christianity gives to Christ, that of mediator between the world (the pantheist's god) and man. This idolatry of poetry combined with Arnold's opening distinction between the fact and the idea nauseates. Religion, Arnold asks us to believe, erred in committing itself to dogmatically to facts it could not verify, whereas poetry commits itself to ideas (prolonged applause)—which are presumably out of reach of niggling verification. "Our religion," he writes, anticipating 20th liberalism, "has materialised itself in the fact, and now the fact is failing it." Better get free of fact then, and turn to poetry — and the world of the unassailable idea. There are also long passages of French and Latin poetry which Arnold expects us to read. Instead, I stand on my desk, clenching my fists and screaming quotes from Herman Bavinck.

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