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Matthew Arnold and his relation to the thought of our time

William Harbutt Dawson

Matthew Arnold and his relation to the thought of our time

an appreciation and a criticism

by William Harbutt Dawson

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Published by Folcroft Library Editions in [Folcroft, Pa.] .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Arnold, Matthew, -- 1822-1888 -- Criticism and interpretation,
  • Arnold, Matthew, -- 1822-1888 -- Appreciation,
  • Great Britain -- Civilization

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby William Harbutt Dawson.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPR4024 .D3 1970, PR4024 .D3 1970
    The Physical Object
    Paginationviii, 450 p., [1] leaf of plates :
    Number of Pages450
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL14135925M

    That was the poet's weakness. But he strongly disapproved of the muck-raking Steadand declared that, under Stead, "the P. The nations of our modern world, children of that immense and salutary movement which broke up the Pagan world, inevitably stand to Hellenism in a relation which dwarfs it, and to Hebraism in a relation which magnifies it. Arnold's poetry has been found full of consolation! Obviously, with us, it is usually Hellenism which is thus reduced to minister to the triumph of Hebraism. It is in the hopeful, serene, beautiful temper wherewith these, in Emerson, are indissolubly joined.

    He believed in progress, however warily. The moral virtues, on the other hand, are with Aristotle but the porch and access to the intellectual, and with these last is blessedness. So do many other immediate political issues, especially the controversies then raging about parliamentary reform and the extension of the suffrage. It should perhaps not seem strange that since his death there has been manifest in certain quarters a desire to lessen the influence of Arnold by emphasizing in him the quality of unbelief.

    During his time as a civil servant, Dawson published further important books on Germany. This the Greeks understood far more clearly than we do. But the two ideals united in himself direct all his endeavor. Nothing can do away with this ineffaceable difference; the Greek quarrel with the body and its desires is, that they hinder right thinking, the Hebrew quarrel with them is, that they hinder right acting.


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Matthew Arnold and his relation to the thought of our time by William Harbutt Dawson Download PDF Ebook

The right art is that alone, which creates the highest enjoyment. But these attractive accessories of a poetical work being more easily seized than the spirit of the whole, and these accessories being possessed by Shakespeare in an unequalled degree, a young writer having Matthew Arnold and his relation to the thought of our time book to Shakespeare as his model runs great risk of being vanquished and absorbed by them, and, in consequence, of reproducing, according to the measure of his power, these, and these alone.

Despite its value to Einstein and Heisenberg, positivism has done as much harm as good. In spite of the extravagant direction given to this enthusiasm, in spite of the crimes and follies in which it lost itself, the French Revolution derives from the force, truth, and universality of the ideas which it took for its law, and from the passion with which it could inspire a multitude for these ideas, a unique and still living power; it is,--it will Matthew Arnold and his relation to the thought of our time book long remain,--the greatest, the most animating event in history.

Bourgeois society is ruled by equivalence. We all naturally take pleasure, says Aristotle,[4] in any imitation or representation whatever: this is the basis of our love of poetry: and we take pleasure in them, he adds, because all knowledge is naturally agreeable to us; not to the philosopher only, but to mankind at large.

Marcus asks us to go on pinning our faith on education; but by his own showing, colleges are now doing as much to destroy culture as to uphold it.

In such situations there is inevitably something morbid, in the description of them something monotonous. I regard the solipsist position that everything is the creation of our imagination as a waste of time.

And in this connection we have Arnold's own testimony. Can Graff really mean what he is saying? In an letter to his mother, he wrote: My poems represent, on the whole, the main movement of mind of the last quarter of a century, and thus they will probably have their day as people become conscious to themselves of what that movement of mind is, and interested in the literary productions which reflect it.

Literary monuments of it, each, in its own way, incomparable, remain in the Epistles of St. Commit it then to flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.

How often have I felt this when reading words of disparagement or of cavil: that it is the uncertainty as to what is really to be aimed at which makes our difficulty, not the dissatisfaction of the critic, who himself suffers from the same uncertainty.

Under the influence of Baruch Spinoza and his father, Dr. What is rational is real; and what is real is rational. I asked of one who had had the honor of his friendship, "What, above all, impressed you in regard to Matthew Arnold?

To know the Greeks, in his sense, is not merely to have a knowledge of some set of facts concerning them; to be more or less accurately informed as to their appearance, dress, occupations, manners, tastes, language, etc. Theory proposed itself as a synthesis overriding the petty fiefdoms within the world of intellectual production, and it was manifestly to be hoped as a result that all the domains of human activity could be seen, and lived, as a unity.

Another is, that the exercise of the creative power in the production of great works of literature or art, however high this exercise of it may rank, is not at all epochs and under all conditions possible; and that therefore labor may be vainly spent in attempting it, which might with more fruit be used in preparing for it, in rendering it possible.

Matthew Arnold (Coates, 1894)

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