Matthew Arnold 24 December — 15 April was an English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold , the celebrated headmaster of Rugby School , and brother to both Tom Arnold , literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold , novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterised as a sage writer , a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues. In , Thomas Arnold was appointed Headmaster of Rugby School , where the family took up residence, that year.
Mathew Arnold "Culture and Anarchy"
Culture and Anarchy: An Essay in Political and Social Criticism… - Harrison-Hiett - Rare Books
Matthew Arnold , English poet, literary critic, and essayist, perceived reformative tendencies accompanying the burgeoning development of industrial society in nineteenth-century England that threatened the wavering hegemonic apparatus of secular and ecclesiastical order, and hindered the appreciation and expression of cultural ideals that would access a smoother course for personal and social advancement in troubled times. As an antidote to the rapid transmission, and easy acceptance, of values advocating industrial progress, individual liberty, Protestant ethic and Puritan bias, Arnold sought civilised unity through a shared cultural identity. Looking to the past to illuminate an age lost in disillusionment, division and menacing anarchy, he advocates the reclamation of ideas capable of nourishing a common need for harmony and growth. From his critical vantage-point he surveys the barren ground of contemporary thought, with its blinkered deference to progress, action and duty, and sees a land incapable of propogating true culture. Regeneration at a personal level must prefigure any attempts to rearrange the weak, though workable, organs of state. Unlike religion, however, poetry has not been wrested from the individual, although its function has been weakened as its cultural bed of source and inspiration runs dry. The classical writings of Greece and Rome, and the literature of sixteenth-century England are championed as exemplary junctures, where poetry and religion meet and flourish.
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Language: English. Number of Pages: Weight: 0. Publication Date: Culture and Anarchy is a series of periodical essays by Matthew Arnold, first published in Cornhill Magazine and collected as a book in