Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Matthew Arnold is just jealous

The UK publication The Guardian provides a thumbnail guide to Charlotte Bronte which includes this bit:
Matthew Arnold and Virginia Woolf caught on the violent aspects of Brontë's work when the former complained that her mind "contained nothing but hunger, rebellion, and rage"

And yet people still read Jane Eyre - lots of people - AND it's considered a classic of English literature. Who reads Matthew Arnold's poems? And he was born into the upper class - no need to worry about hunger there.

But Arnold surely did know how to rock the sideburns.