English Literature and Irish Politics

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University of Michigan Press, 1973 - Literary Criticism - 486 pages
Contains essays on poetry and English rule of Ireland
 

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Contents

Ecce Convertimur ad Gentes
1
A Speech at Eton
20
f Wordsworth
36
The French Play in London
64
Copyright
114
The Future of Liberalism
136
t The Study of Poetry
161
f Thomas Gray
189
f John Keats
205
t Byron
238
Preface to Burkes Letters Speeches and Tracts
286
An Unregarded Irish Grievance 195
295
Preface to Irish Essays
313
Irish Essays
459
Copyright

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About the author (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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