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Matthew Arnold
(1822-1888) born on
Dec 24
English poet, critic. He was an Oxford professor, known for his poem "Dover Beach," 1853 and as a crusader for classicism.
I am bound by my own definition of criticism: a disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.

We cannot kindle when we will
The fire which in the heart resides,
The spirit bloweth and is still,
In mystery our soul abides.
Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life.
The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
With close-lipp'd Patience for our only friend,
Sad Patience, too near neighbour to Despair.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Essays in Criticism," First Series, 'Functions of Criticism at the Present Time'
R: Morality."
A: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
N: Culture and Anarchy, Ch. 1
K: The Scholar-Gipsy, st. 20.

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