The Oxford Poetry Library
series offers compact and fully annotated editions of some of the most important and best-loved English poets. Drawing on the acclaimed texts of the Oxford Authors
series, these collections provide a generous selection of the verse of figures as diverse as Andrew Marvel and Alexander Pope, Matthew Arnold and Ben Jonson. Ideal for anyone interested in the eloquently wrought observations and thought of some of the English language's greatest writers, The Oxford Poetry Library
should find a welcome place on the bookshelves of all lovers of literature.
Matthew Arnold, a leading Victorian man-of-letters, was interested in many of the social issues of his time and was renowned as the foremost social critic of his day. The poignant, elegiac tone of his work is the authentic hallmark of his poetic gift. This selection includes some of his best-known classics--"Dover Beach," "The Scholar Gipsy," "Mycerinus," and the Marguerite poems--as well as many less familiar works.
Praise for the Oxford Authors Series: I welcome the Oxford Authors series. Aimed at students and general readers alike, it should do much to turn students into general readers--and vice versa."--Christian Science Moniter
The Oxford Authors is a series of authoritative editions of major English writers designed for the student and general reader. Drawing on the best texts available, each volume contains a generous selection from the writings--prose, poetry, letters--to provide the fullest possible introduction to that writer's work and thought. Each volume is further complemented by essential notes, an introduction, chronology,and suggestions for further reading. This volume brings together the two sides of Matthew Arnold's literary achievement--the celebrated verse and prose. The first part presents Arnold's major poems, "Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse," the love poems in the "Switzerland" and "Faded Leaves" sequences, several narrative poems, and his major elegies. The prose selections in part two, arranged in chronological order of composition, span Arnold's entire writing career, beginning with several lively letters from his early correspondence with Arthur Hugh Clough, to his very last essay, "Civilization in the United States." Throughout both the poetry and prose is heard the unmistakable voice of a man whom E.M. Forster aptly described as "a great poet, a civilized citizen, and a prophet."