The Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnold

The Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnold

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Many of the ideas that appear in poet Matthew Arnold's Prefaceto the Poems of 1853 to his collection of poems and in his later essays are suggested in the letters that Arnold wrote to his friend Arthur Hugh Clough. Literature was, in Arnold's perception, meant to communicate a message rather than impress by its structure or by formal sophistication. Modern theories of coalescence between content and form were outside the contemporary paradigm. T. S. Eliot's ambivalent attitude to Arnolda€”at once reluctantly admiring and decidedly patronizinga€”is puzzling. Eliot never seemed able to liberate himself from the influence of Arnold. What in Arnold's critical oeuvre attracted and at the same time repelled Eliot? That question has led an in-depth analysis of Arnold as a literary critic. This book begins with an examination of Arnold's letters to friend Arthur Hugh Clough and where qit all startedq and proceeds with a close reading of the Prefaceto the Poems. A look at some of the later literary essays rounds off the picture of Arnold as a literary critic.Letters to Clough, the 1853 Preface, and Some Essays Flemming Olsen ... academiaa#39;s opinion of Arnold as a critic: it is not his activity as a literary theorist that comes first to later criticsa#39; minds. ... 4 On the other hand nobody denies that Arnold was a vigilant and responsive reader, witness, for example, his essays on Homer.

Title:The Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnold
Author: Flemming Olsen
Publisher:Sussex Academic Press - 2014-11-01

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