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Matthew Arnold

Poet & Critic Matthew Arnold

Profession: Poet & Critic


Biography: Matthew Arnold was a British poet, scholar, writer of prose and social criticism and a schools inspector.

He was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry in 1857 and was the first to lecture in English rather than Latin. Some of his most famous poems include: "Dover Beach", "The Scholar-Gipsy and "Tristram and Iseult".

Arnold's prose works include his collection of essays "Culture and Anarchy" published from 1867, which introduced and popularized the terms "Philistine" and "sweetness and light".

Born: December 24, 1822
Birthplace: Laleham, Middlesex, England
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: April 15, 1888 (aged 65)

Historical Events

  • 1860-11-03 Poet and critic Matthew Arnold begins his series of lectures "On Translating Home" as Oxford Professor of Poetry at Oxford University

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