What are key points of the essay “The Study of Poetry” by Matthew Arnold?

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Matthew Arnold, a poet and a professor at Oxford University, deeply believed in the centrality of poetry, what he called its “high destinies.” In his view, it had not been ranked highly enough in the past. His essay presents his strong conviction that poetry is an essential part of the human understanding of life. Humans cannot rely solely on science or philosophy. Rather, he insisted, “we have to turn to poetry to interpret life for us, to console us, to sustain us.” Arnold wanted people to appreciate poetry as a genre holistically for its intention and potential—not just appreciate individual poems for technical merit.

Poetry must offer values that...

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