Mathew Arnold’s Estimates of Various Poets

Discuss about Mathew Arnold’s estimates of various poets.

1. Geoffrey Chaucer:

a. Chaucer’s poetry is superior to the French Roman’s poetry of the 12th and 13th Centuries; but his greatness does not lie in the historical estimate alone. The great superiority of Chaucer’s poetry lies in matter and manner of his poetry. Arnold says that, Dryden was right to comment on the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, “Here is God’s plenty”. Continue reading