More poetry from Special Collections: Matthew Arnold

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Matthew Arnold’s important collection New Poems (Macmillan, 1867). The collection contains some of Arnold’s best known poems, such as “Dover Beach,” “Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse,” and “Thyrsis.” It also reprints his long poem “Empedocles on Etna,” which Arnold first published in 1852 and then immediately withdrew the book from publication; Robert Browning helped persuade Arnold to reissue the poem.

Special Collections owns a number of first editions of Arnold’s works, including his poetry, essays, and literary criticism. They can be found by searching the library catalog or by searching the The David Magee Collection of Victorian Books.


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