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Matthew Arnold is not only a significant poet, but also a critic of the Victorian age. It is partly because a prose-writer's intelligence shapes his finest poetry that he is set "somewhat apart". Believing that poetry should be "a criticism of life", in his poetry Arnold often explores personal responses to the society he critizes in his prose. The characteristic notes, in ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 222 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1886)
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Jonah Swan
The author of losing faith. Love him. Make sure to read "Dover Beach."

A few selections:

"But often, in the world's most crowded streets, But often, in the din of strife, there rises an unspeakable desire after the knowledge of our buried life; a thirst to spend our fire and restless force in tracking out our true original course; a longing to inquire into the mystery of this heart which beats so wild, so deep in us--to know whence our lives come and where they go."

Or how about this quote from Ar
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Matthew Arnold was an English poet, sage writer 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 Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator.
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