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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.
Culture being a pursuit of our total perfection by means of getting to know, on all the matters which most concern us, the best which has been thought and said in the world.

But each day brings its petty dust
Our soon-chok'd souls to fill,
And we forget because we must,
And not because we will.
From whose floor the new-bathed stars
Emerge, and shine upon the Aral Sea.
The bloom is gone, and with the bloom go I.
I am past thirty, and three parts iced over.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Culture and Anarchy, Preface
R: "Absence."
A: Sohrab and Rustum, 891
N: Thyrsis, (Oxford) 60
K: Letter to A. H. Clough, 12 Feb 1853

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