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Author: Matthew Arnold Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Richard Mitchley Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780003290
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Poetry is a fascinating use of language. With almost a million words at its command it is not surprising that the British Isles have produced some of the most beautiful, moving and descriptive verse through the centuries. In this series we look at individual poets who have shaped and influenced their craft and cement their place in our heritage.

Matthew Arnold is rightly placed amongst the greats of Victorian Poetry. The son of the founder of Rugby School, he grew up to be a poet via a career as a school inspector. He has been characterized as a sage writer, a writer who instructs through his writing. Read here are some of his best poems, including, “The Last Word,” “The Austerity of Poetry,” “Bacchanalia, or, The New Age,” “The Buried Life,” “A Caution to Poets,” and many more.

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About the Author

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) was a British poet and cultural critic. Though he is remembered today largely for his elegantly argued critical essays, he began his career as a poet and believed that poetry should be the “criticism of life.” His work as a critic—literary and social—began later in his career with his professorship of poetry at Oxford. By the late 1860s, he had turned almost entirely to prose.

Arnold was educated at Rugby School, where his father was headmaster, and later at Oxford. Upon completing his studies, he took up a job teaching at Rugby School and traveled around the continent, eventually taking the position of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools, which he held for thirty-five years. He became the apostle of “culture” in such works as Culture and Anarchy, what is in some regards his most central work.

About the Narrators

George S. Irving is an actor and voice-over artist who received a Tony® Award nomination for his Broadway appearance in Me and My Girl. His other Broadway roles include The Pirates of Penzance, Irma La Douce, and Oklahoma!, as well as the animated television special The Year without a Santa Claus.

Richard Mitchley is an actor and narrator who has appeared in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet…, The Black Adder, and Doctor Who