Matthew Arnold

1822–1888
Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold, poet and essayist, sharply criticized the materialism of the Victorians. “Dover Beach” anticipates twentieth-century modernist poets in contemplating a world where old beliefs and values have withered. In his influential Culture and Anarchy, he argues that culture could unify society by making “the best that has been thought and known in the world current everywhere.”

Poems

What People are Saying

"I have always loved poetry, but through Poetry Out Loud I have learned a greater respect for all different types of poetry. This competition is so much more than memorizing and reciting a poem; I became very invested in each one of my poems."
Janessa Gould
2017 WI POL Champion