Matthew Arnold was an English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterised as a sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues.
Matthew Arnold was Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1857 to 1867.
s/o Dr. Thomas Arnold & Mary Penrose
June 1851 m. Frances Lucy Wightman, d/o Sir Wm Wightman - 6 children
Newdigate Prize for poetry (for a poem on Cromwell), while at Balliol College