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.”

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