Matthew Arnold

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Although remembered now for his elegantly argued critical essays, Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) 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. Arnold also studied at Balliol College, Oxford University. In 1844, af ...

Popular Poems
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Dover Beach

The sea is calm to-night.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; - on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
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Growing Old

What is it to grow old?
Is it to lose the glory of the form,
The lustre of the eye?
Is it for beauty to forego her wreath?
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3.
A Wish

I ask not that my bed of death
From bands of greedy heirs be free;
For these besiege the latest breath
Of fortune's favoured sons, not me.
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4.
Longing

Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.
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Immortality

Foil'd by our fellow-men, depress'd, outworn,
We leave the brutal world to take its way,
And, Patience! in another life, we say
The world shall be thrust down, and we up-borne.
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Popular Quotes
11 November 2014

Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.

11 November 2014

Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!

11 November 2014

Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.

11 November 2014

The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.

11 November 2014

Let the long contention cease! Geese are swans, and swans are geese. Let them have it how they will! Thou art tired; best be still.

Comments

M Asim Nehal 26 February 2019

An underrated poet. Great to see his poems.

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Pratibha sharma 19 December 2018

Amazing poetry The sea

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 20 August 2017

I am a fan of this great poetic personality.

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Bernard Kennedy 03 October 2016

Beautiful-winsome-elegaic.

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Matt Starking 01 May 2011

like his poetries and personality

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Janice Wilkins 28 April 2009

Dover Beach is one of my favorite things to read and I think it's about a world without Faith and God to trust. With God everything is possible. Jan 4-28-09

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Daphne Grant 21 May 2007

The poem like Dover Beach leads me to think that something happened to embitter the poet. Therefore I feel I should read more about him. Daphne Grant

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