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Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnold: Letters to Clough, the 1853 Preface, and Some Essays Flemming Olsen

Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnold: Letters to Clough, the 1853 Preface, and Some Essays

Flemming Olsen

Published January 1st 2014
ISBN : 9781322046914
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98 pages
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Many of the ideas that appear in poet Matthew Arnolds 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 ArnoldsMoreMany of the ideas that appear in poet Matthew Arnolds 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 Arnolds 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. Eliots ambivalent attitude to Arnold--at once reluctantly admiring and decidedly patronizing--is puzzling. Eliot never seemed able to liberate himself from the influence of Arnold. What in Arnolds 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 Arnolds letters to friend Arthur Hugh Clough and where it all started 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.