When you think of a British poet you may think of a boring life with nothing interesting going on in it, but Matthew Arnold had a life that was not like the ordinary British Poet. Even as a child, his life was very fascinating. His family had a great inspirational part in his education. Pushing him was the cause of his astounding achievements. Along with his many achievements, his works were also great. Matthew Arnold was a young man with tons of literature inspiration all around him; because of it, he was a great poet, as well as an excellent critic, which guided his life in a great direction during his lifetime.
Matthew Arnold’s life as a child was very exciting. His family alone was more inspirational than one would think. “Matthew was the eldest son of the renowned Thomas Arnold, who was appointed headmaster of Rugby School in 1828” (5). Arnold’s mother was Mary Penrose Arnold. With them being a close knit family, he and his eight other siblings all enjoyed each other’s company. He looked up to his older sister, mother, and most importantly father. His father’s influences were most crucial to him because he was really inspired by his father. “Arnold grew up under the scholarly influences of his father” (1).
Arnold’s life as a child was one that was interesting. He grew up under the scholarly influences of his father. “As a child, Matthew Arnold was neither a devoted or distinguished student” (3). He was quite high-spirited and mischievous as a little boy. He showed little progress in school and got sent to his uncle’s strict school in Laleham. Being sent to his uncle’s school made him feel separated from his family and caused him to perform better so he could stay with his family. He was the type of child who actually cared for his parents and siblings.
Aside from attending his uncle’s school in Laleham, he had tons of education. Arnold attended Rugby School in 1837. He also “attended Oxford as a scholar of Balliol College; there he won the Newdigate Prize with his poem Cromwell (1843) and was graduated with second-class honours in 1844” (5). “Matthew Arnold also attended Winchester before ending up at Oxford by election to an Oriel Fellowship (1845)” (4). Arnold had a lot of education and he put it to use well.
As a growing adult, Matthew Arnold did not just sit and wait for opportunities, he went and grabbed them! He married Frances Lucy Wrightman in 1851, only two years after his literacy career started. Being married so early meant that he obviously had to work. “In 1847 he became private secretary to Lord Lansdowne, who in 1851 secured him an inspectorship of schools, which almost to the end of his life was to absorb the greater part of his time and energies, and may have been partly responsible for the smallness of his poetical output” (2). Arnold had many achievements that made his work even better. He did not start off being known worldwide, he had to start off little by little. He published his first poems anonymously. After he...