Metthew Arnold is one of the greatest victorian poets in english literature. He has a deep love for nature. Nature plays a significant role in his poetry. In his treatment of nature, he is wordsworthian . But it will be wrong if we think that Arnold is fully wordsworthian. Like wordswords he believes in the healing power of nature. But unlike wordswoqth,he believes that there is no divine spirit in nature. Wordsworth is keatsian in his attitude to the sensuous aspects of nature. Like keats, Arnold is very much fond of the external beauty of nature. In the description of a flower or a special sensuous aspect, Arnold has surpassed even Alfred Tennyson.
Arnold follows wordsworth in describing nature and natural picture.But we must have to remember that Arnold’s attitude to nature is not exctly simila wordsworth. He is different from wordsworth who always finds good in nature. But he observes sadness and melancholy in the aspects of nature.
Arnold hears the sad music of humanity in the sea.He compares the sea to the religious faith of the victorians.
Arnold is expert in depicting a vivid picture of nature very aptly. He is a pictoral artist. His description of nature is sensuous. In this respect, he surpasses Tennyson. He knows how to draw picture with the help of words…….[incomplete next time]