Arthur Hugh Clough

1819–1861
Arthur Hugh Clough

A successful student at Rugby, a prestigious English public school, the Victorian poet Arthur Hugh Clough suffered from the intense pressures of high expectations. He attended Oxford but was dismissed before completing his studies, had difficulty securing a job, and he eventually found a career as a clerk in the British Education Office. Clough is best known for his early, shorter poems and for the longer, later work that sprang from his intense religious doubts. He was an important influence on later poets such as T.S. Eliot, and his best work hints at the radical experiments and split subjectivities that would become the hallmarks of Modernism.