Peltason has selected poems written mostly by the time Arnold has reached his mid-thirties, but also including the three elegies for family pets that Arnold wrote near the end of his life. The volume also contains poems, "Empedocles on Etna", "Sohrab and Rustum" and "Tristram and Iseult".
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 major poems such as "Dover Beach" or "Thyrsis", are meditative and elegiac, informed by doubt and by the conflict between necessity and desire. For this edition, Timothy Peltason has selected poems written mostly by the time Arnold has reached his mid-thirties, but also including the three elegies for family pets that Arnold wrote near the end of his life. The volume also prints the full texts of the long poems, "Empedocles on Etna", "Sohrab and Rustum" and "Tristram and Iseult".
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Matthew Arnold (1822-88) was the son of the famous Dr Thomas Arnold, headmaster of Rugby School. After studying at Oxford, Arnold spent several years travelling and writing experimental verse. Having established his reputation with his poetry, Arnold went on to writing prose. His influence as a social and literary critic and a controversial thinker on religious and educational issues has been felt throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
Table of Contents
To a gipsy child by the sea-shore; Mycerinus; the Hayswater boat; Shakespeare; written in Butler's sermons; written in Emerson's essays; in harmony with nature; in Utrumque Paratus; fragment of chorus of a "Dejaneira"; the strayed reveller; resignation; the forsaken Merman; to a friend; quiet work; meeting; isolation to Marguerite; to Marguerite - continued; stanzas in memory of the author of "Obermann"; human life; destiny; Empedocles on Etna; Tristram and Iseult; youth and calm; memorial verses; too late; Dover beach; lines written in Kensington gardens; a summer night; the buried life; a tomb among the mountains; stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse; Sohrab and Rustum; the scholar-Gipsy; a dream; requiescat; Philomela; Rugby chapel; stanzas from Carnac; Heine's grave; worldly place; Palladium; Thyrsis; Obermann once more; growing old; the progress of Poesy; the last word; "Below the surface-stream, shallow and light"; Geist's grave; poor Matthias; Kaiser dead.
Selected Poems by Matthew Arnold
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