Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy Though often presented as a paen to apolitical cultural values, Culture and Anarchy was motivated in part by Arnold's distaste for working-class agitation for the vote. In July Reform League demonstrators seeking the extension of the franchise had attempted to enter Hyde Park, but when turned back conducted a peaceful protest rally at the Agricultural Hall at Islington, with J. Mill as the main speaker.
See also, criticism on Culture and Anarchy: An Essay in Political and Social Criticism. Arnold is considered one of the most significant writers of the late Victorian period in England. However, it was through his prose writing that Arnold asserted his greatest influence on literature.
His writings on the role of literary criticism in society advance classical ideals and advocate the adoption of universal aesthetic standards. Biographical Information Arnold was the eldest son of Thomas Arnold, an influential educator who served as headmaster of Rugby School for a number of years.
Arnold himself attended Rugby from toand it was while he was a student there that he composed the prize-winning poem Alaric at Rome, which was published in After graduating from Balliol College at Oxford inArnold accepted a teaching post at the university and continued to write verse, publishing The Strayed Reveller, and Other Poems in Two years later he was appointed inspector of schools, a position he held until shortly before his death.
Arnold focused his energies on poetry untilwhen he became critical of Romantic expressions of emotion in poetry. For the remaining thirty-five years of his literary career, Arnold wrote numerous essays and reviews on literary, educational, and cultural issues; his controversial perspective on Christianity provoked the outrage of conservative politicians and religious thinkers.
Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy Though often presented as a paen to apolitical cultural values, Culture and Anarchy was motivated in part by Arnold's distaste for working-class agitation for the vote. SOURCE: “Matthew Arnold, The Apostle of Culture,” in Priests of Culture: A Study of Matthew Arnold and Henry James, Peter Lang, , pp. [ In the following essay, Sterner studies Arnold's conception of culture and the implications of this ideal for his evaluation of modernity. In Culture and Anarchy, Matthew Arnold sought a center of authority by which the anarchy caused by the troubled passage of the Reform Bill of might be regulated. At its best, his style is.
He died of heart failure on April 15, The following year, he reissued the collection without its title poem. Explaining his actions in his preface to the reissued collection, an essay that has become one of his most significant critical statements, Arnold denounced the emotional and stylistic excesses of late Romantic poetry and outlined a poetic theory derived from Aristotelian principles of unity and decorum.
With the appearance of St. Arnold attributed this crisis to the conflict between the prevailing influence of scientific rationalism and the intransigence of conservative theology.
His solution was a liberal, symbolic interpretation of biblical scripture, presented in Literature and Dogma: An Essay towards a Better Apprehension of the Biblethe publication of which caused an immediate uproar among conservative Church leaders and religious theorists.
Two years later Arnold answered his critics in God and the Bible: During his final years, Arnold made two tours of the United States and recorded his overwhelmingly negative assessment of American culture in Civilization in the United States: First and Last Impressions of America Similarly, Culture and Anarchy: Barbarians the aristocracyPhilistines the middle classand the Populace the lower class.
While Arnold praised the aristocracy for their refined manners and social assurance, he also condemned them for their conservatism. The lower class he dismissed as an ineffectual, inchoate mass. Arnold argued that as the middle class gradually assumed control of English politics, they must be transformed from their unpolished state into a sensitive, sophisticated, intellectual community.
Arnold also endorsed the eventual creation of a classless society in which every individual would subscribe to highly refined ideals based on the culture of ancient Greece.
Although Arnold strove to imitate classical Greek and Roman models in his poetry, critics agree that his work manifests Romantic subjectivism.
Many of his poems assume the form of a soliloquy or confession in which the narrator communicates feelings of melancholy or regret. Hawkes relates that the role of criticism as described by Arnold and his contemporaries is often haunted by the notion that it is secondary to the actual happening.
Instead, says Hawkes, Arnold himself viewed criticism as a necessary and complementary act to the primary text or idea it was examining, often serving to illustrate uncanny and noteworthy aspects not inherent in the original text or incident.
His integration of social criticism and literary analysis, says Stefan Collini, is acknowledged as his most significant and lasting achievement.According to Collini (, ), Arnold was involved in an almost continuous series of overlapping Brown, A.K.
”The Strategy of “Disinterestedness””. pp Weber, Horst (ed.) Der Englische Essay. Darmstadt, Arnold, Matthew Essays on Criticism. Chhibbar, Sudershan. CULTURE AND ANARCHY: AN ESSAY IN POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CRITICISM. BY MATTHEW ARNOLD. PREFACE.
To pass now to the matters canvassed in the following essay. Arnold believed that culture dealt with perfection; as he stated in "Sweetness and Light", "Culture is then properly describe not as having its origin in curiosity, but as having its origin in the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection" (21).
SOURCE: “Matthew Arnold, The Apostle of Culture,” in Priests of Culture: A Study of Matthew Arnold and Henry James, Peter Lang, , pp.
[ In the following essay, Sterner studies Arnold's conception of culture and the implications of this ideal for his evaluation of modernity. In Culture and Anarchy, Matthew Arnold sought a center of authority by which the anarchy caused by the troubled passage of the Reform Bill of might be regulated.
At its best, his style is. Culture and Anarchy, () a long series of essays written by Arnold, was a political and social critique.
Arnold's work as an inspector of schools had brought him into contact with European.