Writing: the 'stir and growth' of ideas

Jen Webb, Nigel Krauth

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Abstract

Matthew Arnold is a twenty-first century thinker, though he doubles his identity, being at the same time a nineteenth-century writer. He is someone who could be sitting in the office next door to yours or mine: a poet, a cultural critic, and someone who both did and didn't have a place in formal educational institutions. He taught school for a while, worked as a school inspector (who has ever made a living purely as poet?), and ended up as professor of poetry at no less an institution than Oxford (yes: Important Universities have indeed respected creative practice; and the Oxford Chair of Poetry, established in 1708, is still extant). In the Preface to his Essays in Criticism, however, he describes himself 'as a plain citizen of the republic of letters, and not as an office-bearer in a hierarchy [Oxford University]' (Arnold 1910: viii). Arnold did not find a perfect fit with the academy, but still left behind him a legacy of words, a wealth of creative and critical works.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-4
Volume12
No.2
Specialist publicationText
PublisherThe Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Webb, J., & Krauth, N. (2008). Writing: the 'stir and growth' of ideas. Text, 12(2), 1-4.
Webb, Jen ; Krauth, Nigel. / Writing: the 'stir and growth' of ideas. In: Text. 2008 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 1-4.
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Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/BulletinEditorial

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