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Post by aradlaw » July 8th, 2012, 3:00 am

In Harmony with Nature by Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888) .

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Matthew Arnold was a British poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterized as a sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues.
Arnold is sometimes called the third great Victorian poet, along with Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Robert Browning (Summary from Wikipedia)
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"In harmony with Nature?" Restless fool,
Who with such heat dost preach what were to thee,
When true, the last impossibility—
To be like Nature strong, like Nature cool!

Know, man hath all which Nature hath, but more,
And in that more lie all his hopes of good.
Nature is cruel, man is sick of blood;
Nature is stubborn, man would fain adore;

Nature is fickle, man hath need of rest;
Nature forgives no debt, and fears no grave;
Man would be mild, and with safe conscience blest.

Man must begin, know this, where Nature ends;
Nature and man can never be fast friends.
Fool, if thou canst not pass her, rest her slave!
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Post by Algy Pug » July 8th, 2012, 3:59 am

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Post by J_N » July 8th, 2012, 5:25 am

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Post by Vandermast » July 8th, 2012, 8:55 am

In Harmony with Nature by Matthew Arnold (1882 - 1888) .
I must say, he writes very well for a six-year-old... :D

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Post by LenXZ1 » July 8th, 2012, 11:55 am

Vandermast wrote:
In Harmony with Nature by Matthew Arnold (1882 - 1888) .
I must say, he writes very well for a six-year-old... :D
Matthew Arnold was born on Christmas Eve, 1822. This gifted poet, essayist, critic, and lecturer was a Christmas gift to his parents--precocious, I am sure, but probably not as much as the erroneous date would indicate. :)

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Post by aradlaw » July 8th, 2012, 2:18 pm

Hey, I'll have you know that date came straight from my keyboard. :P
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Post by LenXZ1 » July 8th, 2012, 4:42 pm

Dinna hang thy head, dear David; if thou makest no mistake worse than this, thy spotless character shall remain e'er unstained, and all shall name thee blessed.

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"Nature, red in tooth and claw," wrote Tennyson, and Arnold seems to agree with him. But I can't say that I agree with Arnold that man is so much better: adoring, mild, conscientious. Doesn't he elsewhere call the world "a darkling plain / Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, / Where ignorant armies clash by night"? At worst nature is amoral, whereas human cruelties are deliberate and malevolent.

Actually, I don't mean to sound so harsh. I agree that there are tremendous capacities for good in human beings, and maybe we are slowly becoming civilized. I just hope that we last long enough to complete the process.

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Post by aradlaw » July 8th, 2012, 5:51 pm

LenXZ1 wrote:... thy spotless character shall remain e'er unstained, and all shall name thee blessed.

Len
Well, thanks Len, I got off light that time. :?

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Post by jannie » July 9th, 2012, 10:08 am

Sounds as though dear Matthew fell into a bed of nettles at age 6 (!) and never forgave dear Mother Nature!!

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Post by ref » July 9th, 2012, 3:10 pm

Hey, David... I'll have you know that I never make a mistake :wink:
ummm... or at least not in the last couple of mnutes (oops, minutes)

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Post by aradlaw » July 9th, 2012, 5:00 pm

Thank you jannie and Rhonda :clap:
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Post by aradlaw » July 11th, 2012, 4:51 am

Thank you Tara, good reading. :D
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Post by cynm1788 » July 11th, 2012, 6:46 am

Thank you!
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