'The lad will take to Grey's influence like a fish to water, thought the tutor to himself when he was alone, not without strange reluctance. 'Well, no one can say I have not given him his opportunity to be "earnest." The sarcasm of the last word was the kind of sarcasm which a man of his type in an earlier generation might have applied to the 'earnestness' of an Arnoldian Rugby.
And therefore the Arnoldian "note" the special form of the maladie du siècle which, as we have seen, this poet chooses to celebrate acquires for once the full and due poetic expression and music, both symphonic and in such special clangours as the never-to-be-too-often-quoted distich "Still nursing the unconquerable hope, Still clutching the inviolable shade"
In the words about Newman, one seems to recognise very much more than meets the ear an explanation of much in the Arnoldian gospel, on something like the principle of revulsion, of soured love, which accounts for still more in the careers of his contemporaries, Mr Pattison and Mr Froude.
In the letters written amidst these commotions, by individual noblemen of Rome to the Emperor, we perceive a singular mixing together of the Arnoldian spirit with the dreams of Roman vanity; a radical tendency to the separation of secular from spiritual things which if it had been capable enough in itself, and if it could have found more points of attachment in the age, would have brought destruction on the old theocratical system of the Church.
They will even go further some of them and ask whether the Continental practices and the Arnoldian principles do not necessitate divers terribly large and terribly ill-based assumptions, as that all men are educable, that the value of education is undiminished by its diffusion, that all, or at least most, subjects are capable of being made educational instruments, and a great many more.
Another of our Arnoldian friends, the "Zeit-Geist," makes his appearance, and it is more than hinted that one of the most important operations of this spirit is the exploding of miracles. The book is perfectly serious its seriousness, indeed, is quite evidently deliberate and laboured, so that the author does not even fear to appear dull.
But Resignation, the last poem in the book, goes far higher. But the splendid passage beginning "The Poet to whose mighty heart," and ending "His sad lucidity of soul," has far more interest than concerns the mere introduction, in this last line itself, of one of the famous Arnoldian catchwords of later years.
'The lad will take to Grey's influence like a fish to water, thought the tutor to himself when he was alone, not without a strange reluctance. 'Well, no one can say I have not given him his opportunity to be "earnest." The sarcasm of the last word was the kind of sarcasm which a man of his type in an earlier generation might have applied to the 'earnestness' of an Arnoldian Rugby.
is perhaps rather learnt from Wordsworth, yet it does not fail to strike the note which fairly differentiates the Arnoldian variety of Wordsworthianism the note which rings from Resignation to Poor Matthias, and which is a very curious cross between two things that at first sight may seem unmarriageable, the Wordsworthian enthusiasm and the Byronic despair.
The closing lines of the last are at the same time the moral of the book and the formula of the Arnoldian "note" "Calm's not life's crown, though calm is well. 'Tis all perhaps which man acquires, But 'tis not what our youth desires."
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