Matthew Arnold was a well-known English poet and cultural critic. His notable works include ‘Dover Beach’, ‘The Scholar-Gipsy’ and ‘Thyrsis’. He is classified as a sage writer who reprimands and commands the reader on social issues prevalent in society. Arnold was later elected as a Professor of Poetry at Oxford, where he was the first one to deliver lectures in English rather than Latin. In the years to come, he began his work as a critic on literary, social, cultural, journalistic and religious issues. Harold Bloom believed that his credentials in the field of literary and social criticism remained unmatched till the 20th century, despite his derivative class of poetry. Matthew Arnold once stated that, "Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things." We have collected some of his quotes and sayings from his works and observations. Here are some other beautiful excerpts from his works which has remained eternal through the ages.
The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits;- on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Wandering between two worlds, one dead
The other powerless to be born,
With nowhere yet to rest my head
Like these, on earth I wait forlorn.