The Scholar Gipsy is a legendary figure from the seventeenth century, a poor student who left Oxford to learn hidden wisdom from a gypsy (Roma) band of travelers. By the speaker's time, the nineteenth century, the scholar gipsy has achieved the status of a ghost who is said to have been sighted on numerous occasions because he never died.
Arnold's speaker differentiates between the scholar gipsy's life and modern life as he dwells on this legendary figure. He at first disbelieves the gipsy is still alive, even as a ghost, but then wonders if his way of life has led to immortality.
Arnold's speaker advises the gipsy scholar, but more to the...
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