English Literature and Irish Politics

Forsideomslag
University of Michigan Press, 1973 - 486 sider
Contains essays on poetry and English rule of Ireland
 

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A Speech at Eton
20
Wordsworth
36
The French Play in London
64
Copyright
114
The Future of Liberalism
136
The Study of Poetry
161
Thomas Gray
189
John Keats
205
Byron
217
on Irish Affairs
286
An Unregarded Irish Grievance
295
Preface to Irish Essays
312
Arnolds Selections from Wordsworth
318
Irish Essays
459
Copyright

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Om forfatteren (1973)

Matthew Arnold, a noted poet, critic, and philosopher, was born in England on December 24, 1822 and educated at Oxford University. In 1851, he was appointed inspector of schools, a position he held until 1880. Arnold also served as a professor of poetry at Oxford, during which time he delivered many lectures that ultimately became essays. Arnold is considered a quintessential proponent of Victorian ideals. He argued for higher standards in literature and education and extolled classic virtues of manners, impersonality and unanimity. After writing several works of poetry, Arnold turned to criticism, authoring such works as On Translating Homer, Culture and Anarchy, and Essays in Criticism. In these and other works, he criticized the populace, especially the middle class, whom he branded as "philistines" for their degrading values. He greatly influenced both British and American criticism. In later life, he turned to religion. In works such as Literature and Dogma and God and the Bible, he explains his conservative philosophy and attempts to interpret the Bible as literature. Arnold died from heart failure on April 15, 1888 in Liverpool, England.

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