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Selected Poetry

Matthew Arnold

Edited by Keith Silver

Selected Poetry by Matthew Arnold
Categories: 19th Century
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Available as:
Paperback (220 pages)
(Pub. Feb 1994)
9781857540185
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  • The Sea of Faith
    Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
    Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
    But now I only hear
    Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar . . .
       
    The great poet-critic of his age, Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) is now best remembered as a poet for `Dover Beath', `The Scholar Gypsy' and `Thyrsis'. Beside these well-loved and widely anthologised poems, this book places a selection of other poems in many genres, revealing the scope of a great Victorian. His best, most durable life is invested in verse of a haunting and haunted wisdom. Arnold's love for his particular England and for his friends, his longing for stability and his religious doubt form the base note of much of his poetry.

    Son of Dr Arnold, headmaster of Rugby School, Matthew Arnold was himself deeply involved in education, becoming an Inspector of Schools. His impact as a poet, critic and scholar was considerable. He was Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1857 to 1867.


    KEITH SILVER
    , who read English at the University of Sussex and works in publishing administration, and as an editor and critic, provides a biographical and critical introduction.
    Matthew Arnold
    An author who produced an equal volume of poetry and prose, Matthew Arnold was born in 1822 in the South of England. Much of his writing was formed of social and religious criticism - in it he would chastise and instruct the reader on the topical moral issues of his day. ... read more
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