Please summarize the poem 'Shakespeare' by Matthew Arnold.

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Matthew Arnold’s poem, “Shakespeare”, is, ironically, written in the form of an Italian rather than Shakespearian sonnet. The narrator addresses Shakespeare in the second person, and contrasts his own fruitless questioning of all things with what he portrays as Shakespeare’s immediate and intuitive knowledge. Compared to the “dialogue of the mind with itself” found in the modern poet (“modern” as in Arnold and his contemporaries), Shakespeare perceives the divine and human world accurately because he knows them by intuition rather than through the filter of either dogmatism or neurotic self-absorption. Shakespeare is portrayed as semi-divine in a manner pointing to Arnold’s later analysis of the quasi-religious function of poetry.

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