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Selected Poetry of Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

But often, in the world's most crowded streets,
But often, in the din of strife,
There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life;
A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;
A longing to inquire
Into the mystery of this heart which beats
So wild, so deep in us--to know
Whence our lives come and where they go.
        (The Buried Life, 45-54)
  1. Apollo Musagetes
  2. Bacchanalia
  3. The Buried Life
  4. Cadmus and Harmonia
  5. Consolation
  6. Dover Beach
  7. The Forsaken Merman
  8. The Future
  9. Immortality
  10. Isolation: To Marguerite
  11. Lines Written in Kensington Gardens
  12. Memorial Verses April 1850
  13. Morality
  14. Mycerinus
  15. Obermann Once More
  16. Palladium
  17. Philomela
  18. Requiescat
  19. Rugby Chapel
  20. The Scholar-Gipsy
  21. Self-Dependence
  22. Shakespeare
  23. Sohrab and Rustum
  24. Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse
  25. The Strayed Reveller
  26. Thyrsis: A Monody
  27. To Marguerite: Continued
  28. Worldly Place
  29. Youth and Calm

Index to prose

  1. The Function of Criticism at the Present Time (1865)


Notes on Life and Works

Biographical information

Given name: Matthew
Family name: Arnold
Birth date: 24 December 1822
Death date: 15 April 1888
Pseudonym: A
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Thomas Arnold
          mother: Mary Arnold
          wife: Frances Lucy Arnold (from 1851)
          brother: Thomas Arnold
Languages
          English
          French
          German
Education
          Balliol College, Oxford (lit. hum.): 1841 to 1844
          Rugby: 1837 to 1841
Honours
          Rugby prize: 1840
          Newdigate prize: June 1843
          Fellowship at Oriel: 1845
Literary period: Victorian
Occupations
          School inspector: 1851 to 1883
          Professor: 1857 to 1867
Residences
          Harrow, England
          London, England
          Laleham, England: 1822 to 1828
          Rugby, England: 1828 to 1830
          Cobham, England: 1873 to 1888
Cause of death: Heart disease
Buried at: All Saints churchyard, Laleham-on-Thames
First RPO edition: 1994