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Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold 340 / VICTORIAN POETRY Her focus on the material corpse provides surprisingly fresh perspectives even on such a well-known poem as In Memoriam, which, she shows, was itself more specifically concerned about Hallam's material remains than has been generally understood. CLINTON MACHANN In the recent past there has not been a great deal of scholarship offering new readings of individual works by Arnold, but Arnold=s poetry and prose and his role as Athe preeminent intellectual authority of late Victorian England@ (in the words of Antony H. Harrison in his 1998 book Victorian Poets and the Politics of Culture) are being discussed in a remarkable variety of historical and cultural contexts. Harrison himself, in a special edition of VP devoted to the ASpasmodic@ school of poetry, gives us AVictorian Culture Wars: Alexander Smith, Arthur Hugh Clough, and Matthew Arnold@ (42: 509-520), in which he discusses Arnold=s negative assessment of the popular Smith and his disappointment with his old friend Clough, who defended Smith and the Spasmodics and in an 1853 review contrasted the originality and energy of Smith with the tired aestheticism of poets like Arnold. Harrison does not really attempt to rescue the reputation of Smith=s poetry, with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Victorian Poetry West Virginia University Press

Matthew Arnold

Victorian Poetry , Volume 43 (3) – Sep 11, 2005

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340 / VICTORIAN POETRY Her focus on the material corpse provides surprisingly fresh perspectives even on such a well-known poem as In Memoriam, which, she shows, was itself more specifically concerned about Hallam's material remains than has been generally understood. CLINTON MACHANN In the recent past there has not been a great deal of scholarship offering new readings of individual works by Arnold, but Arnold=s poetry and prose and his role as Athe preeminent intellectual authority of late Victorian England@ (in the words of Antony H. Harrison in his 1998 book Victorian Poets and the Politics of Culture) are being discussed in a remarkable variety of historical and cultural contexts. Harrison himself, in a special edition of VP devoted to the ASpasmodic@ school of poetry, gives us AVictorian Culture Wars: Alexander Smith, Arthur Hugh Clough, and Matthew Arnold@ (42: 509-520), in which he discusses Arnold=s negative assessment of the popular Smith and his disappointment with his old friend Clough, who defended Smith and the Spasmodics and in an 1853 review contrasted the originality and energy of Smith with the tired aestheticism of poets like Arnold. Harrison does not really attempt to rescue the reputation of Smith=s poetry, with

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Published: Sep 11, 2005

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