What Is The Summary Of the Poem ' Shakespeare ' By Mathew Arnold?


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The poem "Shakespeare" by Mathew Arnold is a short form poem that laments and celebrates the trials and tribulations life has to offer. It is considered a poetry classic and one of Arnold's very best works. It is a work of deep thought and austerity which defined Arnold's works later in his life.

  • Who is Matthew Arnold?

Mathew Arnold was born at Laleham on the Thames River, the eldest son of Thomas Arnold who was a historian and a headmaster at Rugby School. He received his education at Winchester, Rugby, England, where he first gained notice for writing a poem entitled "Alaric at Rome." He later studied at Oxford where he was a Scholar of Balliol College  in the year 1841. While at Oxford, he won the Newdigate Prize for his poem "Cromwell, a Prize Poem." Although he gave a worldly impression of himself to family and friends, he was developing the hidden ground of thought and austerity which would define his later works of poetry.

  • Arnold's eccentric nature

During his college days Arnold was known for being a well-dressed man about campus and an exuberant, versatile nature and life. He was known as a bit of a social lion during his days at Oxford, experiences that would serve him well later in life as he developed his artistry.

To this day, Mathew Arnold is considered one of the greatest poets in English history and his works have appeared in works by other artists and authors such as Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Any study of English Literature will include his works of poetry and a study of his fascinating life.

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