Matthew Arnold, a man with such creativity, technique, and intellectual mastery when it comes to poetry.
Arnold, born December 24, 1822 in Laleham, United Kingdom was the oldest of two brothers; William
Arnold and Tom Arnold. He is also known as the son of Thomas Arnold and Mary Penrose Arnold.
Matthew Arnold was genuinely; remember for his elegantly argued critical essays. As a child he attended
a school called “Rugby” most of his young life where his father worked at as a head master. Later Arnold
graduated from Rugby and studied at Balliol College, and Oxford University. In 1844 he received his
ungraduate degree at Oxford, he then returned to Rugby to teach classics(1-1). In 1850 he ...view middle of the document...
then developed interest in education which molded in both his critical works and his poetry. Arnold’s
Poem “Empedocles on Etna,” that he created in 1857 is what had Arnold notice as a poet. In 1857 he was
offered a job as a Professor of Poetry at Oxford (1-1). Throughout all the great names of Victorian writers
and most respected in the second half of the twentieth century, Matthew Arnold is the most unique out of
all of them. Part of his life was dedicated to writing poetry, but many of the same values, and attitudes
that are express in his poems are more balanced formulation in his style. English writer G.K. Chesterton
said that under his surface raillery Arnold was, “even in the age of Carlyle and Ruskin, perhaps the most
serious man alive.” American geneticist educator H.J. Muller stated “if in an age of violence the attitudes
he engenders cannot alone save civilization, it is worth saving chiefly because of such attitudes.” A view
of Arnold’s continuing relevance which states his appeals to his contemporaries in the name of “culture”
throughout his writing style (2-1). It is even more astonishing, and would have pleased Arnold greatly, to
find an intelligent and critical journalist telling newspaper readers in 1880 that is selecting three books for
castaways, he would pick The Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold he published in 1850. “Arnolds longer
poems may be an acquired taste, but once the nut has been cracked their power is extraordinary. “Arnold
put his own poems in perspective in a letter to his mother on June 5, 1869: “It might be fairly urged that I
have less poetical sentiment than Tennyson, and less intellectual vigour and abundance than Browning;
yet, because I have perhaps...