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 learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion