Dover Beach and Other Poems

Dover Beach and Other Poems

Matthew Arnold / Dec 15, 2019

Dover Beach and Other Poems This superb selection of the poetry of Matthew Arnold offers rich evidence of the poetic gifts that made him famous in his day and that continue to rank him among the most loved and admired

  • Title: Dover Beach and Other Poems
  • Author: Matthew Arnold
  • ISBN: 9780486280370
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • This superb selection of the poetry of Matthew Arnold 1822 1888 offers rich evidence of the poetic gifts that made him famous in his day, and that continue to rank him among the most loved and admired of Victorian poets In addition to the title poem, it includes such masterpieces as The Scholar Gipsy, Thyrsis, The Forsaken Merman, Memorial Verses, and Rugby ChaThis superb selection of the poetry of Matthew Arnold 1822 1888 offers rich evidence of the poetic gifts that made him famous in his day, and that continue to rank him among the most loved and admired of Victorian poets In addition to the title poem, it includes such masterpieces as The Scholar Gipsy, Thyrsis, The Forsaken Merman, Memorial Verses, and Rugby Chapel Although as a literary critic, Arnold championed the serene poise and impersonal grandeur of the classics, his own poems were often romantic than classical in nature intimate, personal, sentimental, even nostalgic Yet it is these engaging qualities, together with his poems lyrical inspiration and lofty meditative character, that continue to endear Matthew Arnold to lovers of poetry.

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      • Matthew Arnold

        Matthew Arnold was an English poet, sage writer and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator.


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    1. This four is so high it needs an adrenaline shot. I will actually review this thoroughly one day.* The Fugs and William Blake will be involved. We're all very excited. For now:Enough, we live!--and if a life,With large results so little rife,Though bearable, seem hardly worthThis pomp of worlds, this pain of birth;Yet, Fausta, the mute turf we tread,The solemn hills around us spread,This stream which falls incessantly,The strange-scrawl'd rocks, the lonely sky,If I might lend their life a voice, [...]


    2. Even though I am extremely weary of sage writers - those doling out critique as poetry - and even though Matthew Arnold's philosophy of moderating our desires rather than living in dreams of something that may never be attained, is one I have no penchant for I am attracted to the simplicity and naivete of his words.'Dover Beach' is hypnotic and surreal. It leaves you feeling queasy and unsettled. You don't want to agree with Arnold and yet agreement is what is reached.Consider these beautiful ly [...]


    3. We had to read this for 9th grade English this year. After reading the poem, I was all "what?" I had no idea what anything was about. Even through all the class discussions it still bothered me. I love poetry, but I still can't fully wrap my mind around this. All I know is that the poem depresses me. Oh well.





    4. Arnold is best known for "Dover Beach", but my favorite poem of his is "Rugby Chapel", his remembrance of his father."Yes! I believe that there livedOthers like thee in the past,Not like the men of the crowdWho all round me to-dayBluster or cringe, and make lifeHideous, and arid, and vile;But souls temper'd with fire,Fervent, heroic, and good,Helpers and friends of mankind.Servants of God!—or sonsShall I not call you? BecauseNot as servants ye knewYour Father's innermost mind,His, who unwillin [...]


    5. Poems read so far--To a Friend--2The Forsaken Merman--3The Strayed Reveller--1Shakespeare--2Resignation--2To a Republican Friend, 1848--2Memorial Verses--2The Buried Life--3Lines Written in Kensington Gardens--3Indifference (aka Euphrosyne)--2Absence--2A Summer Night--3Morality--1Stanzas in Memory of the Author of "Obermann"--1The Future--1The Scholar Gypsy--2Sohrab and Rustum--not readRequiescat--2Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse--2Isolation: To Marguerite--2A Southern Night--2Thyrsis--2Dover [...]


    6. Jeez, this guy's depressed. But unlike some other writers, who I will not further insult by naming them here, he doesn't pass that on to his audience - even in his disappointment and loss, he still finds hope, and all is not lost, so his poems generally end on either an optimistic or, at worst, impersonal note. All the poems are well written, displaying a variety of styles, with the occasional drop of irreverence (the middle stanzas of Thyrsis), and a heavy dose of tragedy (the other poems in th [...]


    7. Matthew Arnold can zero in on existential loneliness when he wants ("The Buried Life," "Morality") but most of these poems feel too schoolmarm-y, abounding in well-schooled Greco-Roman imagery, corny idyllic landscapes, and gushy phraseology. I prefer when Arnold pares it all down to quotidian despair. That part feels timeless and inclines me to keep the slim collection despite the fatuous excesses of a fable like "Sohrab and Rustum."


    8. Not very exciting. Just finished reading it and can't remember anything about it. If you want to read good Victorian poetry, go read Robert Browning or Tennyson instead.





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