His greatness is that he lived in a world which neither English Liberalism nor English Toryism is apt to enter;—the world of ideas, not the world of catchwords and party habits. One may say, indeed, to those who have to deal with the mass—so much better disregarded—of current English literature, that they may at all events endeavor, in dealing with this, to try it, so far as they can, by the standard of the best that is known and thought in the world; one may say, that to get anywhere near this standard, every critic should try and possess one great literature, at least, besides his own; Arnold s epochs expansion and epochs concentration the more unlike his own, the better.
Matthew Arnold is a fascinating character, because his career breaks smoothly into two halves. Hence we can regard Dryden as the glorious founder, and Pope as the splendid high priest, of the age of prose and reason, our indispensable 18th century.
Unluckily, creditable to individual enterprise as they are, they tend to impair our taste by making us forget what more grandiose, noble, or beautiful character properly belongs to a public institution. Change of mind is not inconsistency—nemo doctus unquam mutationem consilii inconstantiam dixit esse.
Relationship to cultivation, the possibility within society for it to perfect itself. And a trustworthy reporter of his conversation quotes a more elaborate judgment to the same effect: In The Study of Poetry he no longer uses the acid test of action and architectonics.
There is the world of ideas and there is the world of practice; the French are often for suppressing the one and the English the other; but neither is to be suppressed.
He omitted the poem Empedocles on Etna from his volume ofwhereas he had included it in his collection of This is the English fashion, a fashion to be treated, within its own sphere, with the highest respect; for its success, within its own sphere, has been prodigious.
This stance was very influential with later critics. But then comes another question as to the subject-matter which literary criticism should most seek. It is to keep "aloof from what is called the practical view of things" by resolutely following the law of its own nature, which is to be a "free play of the mind on all subjects which it touches.
Such an atmosphere the many-sided learning and the long and widely combined critical effort of Germany formed for Goethe, when he lived and worked.
Indeed, it even transcends narrow, national boundaries, to interest itself in the culture and traditions of all Europe. Is not Bishop Colenso in pursuit of truth? If the critic does analysis in order to prepare the way for the poet, then the critic is the one who offers raw material to the poet.
Literature expresses the zeitgeist, the spirit of the contemporary age. Criticism functions within epochs of concentration like the one after the French Revolution in order to see beyond them. No other criticism will ever attain any real authority or make any real way towards its end,—the creating a current of true and fresh ideas.
What then is the duty of criticism here? This relates to other modes of historical explanation: Steeped in classical poetry, and thoroughly acquainted with continental literature, he compares English literature to French and German literature, adopting the disinterested approach he had learned from Sainte-Beuve.
A false or malicious criticism may do much injury to the minds of others, a stupid invention, either in prose or verse, is quite harmless.
For Arnold there is no place for charlatanism in poetry.
A great human action of a thousand years ago is more interesting. As we have seen, as a classicist Arnold upheld the supreme importance of the architectonic faculty, then later shifted his ground.Dec 17, · Matthew Arnold. Posted on December 17, He describes the difference between epochs of concentration and epochs of expansion.
Criticism functions within epochs of concentration (like the one after the French Revolution) in order to see beyond them. Criticism, therefore, is a type of avant-garde that strives to know the best.
Matthew Arnold, a Romantic poet transformed into a critic of the Romantic Age, contributes to the English critical theories, the concept of epochs of expansion and epochs of concentration.
Matthew Arnold, poet and critic was born on December 24 in.
Arnold's contribution to literary theory is his theories on epochs of expansion and epochs of concentration, show more content In Arnold's essay "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time", Arnold asserted that criticism is a positive and noble task. The Function of Criticism at the Present Time.
Matthew Arnold () Arnold says "epochs of concentration cannot well endure forever" (17) epochs of expansion. Arnold says that these follow epochs of concentration. Says that one seems to be opening during. Arnold’s contribution to literary theory is his theories on epochs of expansion and epochs of concentration, which throughout the course of this essay will be thoroughly explained.
Matthew Arnold, a Romantic poet transformed into a critic of the Romantic Age, contributes to the English critical theories, the concept of epochs of expansion and. Matthew Arnold, a Romantic poet transformed into a critic of the Romantic Age, contributes to the English critical theories, the concept of epochs of expansion and epochs of concentration.
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