Posthumously published in 1888, Matthew Arnold’s previously collected essays on poetry and poets proved, if ever there was a doubt, Arnold’s immense critical gift. His focused, honest style eludes the follies of bias. Included here are the essays, “The Study of Poetry,” “Milton,” “Thomas Gray,” “John Keats,” “Wordsworth,” “Byron,” and “Shelley,” among others.
About the Author
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) wrote “Dover Beach” (1867), one of the best-known poems in the English language. A prominent Victorian man of letters, he was appointed professor of poetry at Oxford. His writings on contemporary society, culture, and religion were instrumental in establishing criticism as an art form.