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Matthew Arnold: Study of Poetry

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Introduction

  • Arnold is one of the foremost critics of the 19th century. In his writings he critiqued and commented extensively on cultural and social issues, religion and education.
  • He criticized the narrow mercantile concerns of the 19th century bourgeois and their obsession with utilitarianism and reason.
  • He rejected the growing scientific temper and positivism of the age. The central concern for Arnold was the problem of living fulfilled lives in an industrial society.
  • The Study of Poetry, written as General Introduction to The En…

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Matthew Arnold as a Culture Critic

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  • Mathew Arnold enjoys the twin distinction of being one of the finest English poets and a critic.
  • In a literary career spanning almost five decades he wrote prolific poetry and huge tomes of critical work.
  • He belongs to the distinguished poetic pantheon of the Victorian triumvirate along with Lord Alfred Tennyson and Robert Browning and enjoys a formidable reputation as a crit…

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