Life Matthew was the eldest son of the renowned Thomas Arnoldwho was appointed headmaster of Rugby School in Matthew entered Rugby and then attended Oxford as a scholar of Balliol College; there he won the Newdigate Prize with his poem Cromwell and was graduated with second-class honours in For Oxford Arnold retained an impassioned affection.
Arnold also studied at Balliol College, Oxford University. Inafter completing his undergraduate degree at Oxford, he returned to Rugby as a teacher of classics. After marrying inArnold began work as a government school inspector, a grueling position which nonetheless afforded him the opportunity to travel throughout England and the Continent.
Throughout his thirty-five years in this position Arnold developed an interest in education, an interest which fed into both his critical works and his poetry.
Arnold became the first professor to lecture in English rather than Latin. During this time Arnold wrote the bulk of his most famous critical works, Essays in Criticism and Culture and Anarchyin which he sets forth ideas that greatly reflect the predominant values of the Victorian era.
Despite his own religious doubts, a source of great anxiety for him, in several essays Arnold sought to establish the essential truth of Christianity. His most influential essays, however, were those on literary topics.
His approach—his gentlemanly and subtle style—to these issues, however, established criticism as an art form, and has influenced almost every major English critic since, including T.
EliotLionel Trilling, and Harold Bloom.
Late in life, in andArnold made two lecturing tours of the United States. Matthew Arnold died in Liverpool on April 15, A Prize Poem Cromwell: A Dramatic Poem Merope: A Tragedy Poems: A New Edition Poems: Second Series Essays in Criticism: An Estimate God and the Bible:A commonplace beginning for criticism of Matthew Arnold’s poetry is one or another of his many well-known critical statements that provide a basis for showing how well or how poorly the critic.
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Arnold, Matthew. Some of the leading ideas and phrases were early put into currency in Essays in Criticism (First Series, ; Second Series, ) and Culture and Anarchy. The first essay in the volume, “The Function of Criticism at the Present Time,” is an overture announcing briefly most of the themes he developed more fully in later work.
Although remembered now for his elegantly argued critical essays, Matthew Arnold, born in Laleham, Middlesex, on December 24, , began his career as a poet, winning early recognition as a student at the Rugby School where his father, Thomas Arnold, had earned national acclaim as a strict and innovative headmaster.