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The Forsaken Merman

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Matthew Arnold
Early years of Matthew Arnolds
POEM ANALYSIS
One day, They found her sitting in her new home. She seems happy at first, but she often looks through her window upon the sea and sighs. Margaret has been forced to choose between the two worlds, but she has not done so without pain of her own. Although in her singing she tries to keep up her spirits, her mind wanders back to the family she has left behind. The merman and his children call out for her once again to return, but to no avail. They leave her behind and return to their watery home.
merman - a fabulous creature; half man and half fish
quiver - a case for carrying or holding arrows
cavern - A large cave
pane - a sheet of glass in a window or door
anon - in a short time
ebb tide - a low point or condition
sate - to fill (someone) with food so that no more is wanted
easter-time - time of the Christian Festival

POEM ANALYSIS
Theme: Agony of the merman as he recounts the loss of his wife.

The Forsaken Merman," tells the story of a merman and his human wife who live beneath the seas. The two have borne children and seem happy together. But one day the wife hears church bells at Easter and tells her husband that she must go. Thinking her visit is only a short one, he wishes her well. However, the wife never returns. The merman and his children emerge from the sea to seek her out, then the merman became desperate. He urges his children to plead to margaret to go back to them. The merman feels that it is unnatural for her to leave her children. He is so upset that he is even unsure of how long she has been gone. His happy memories with her, increases his pain of desertion.
The Forsaken Merman
Famous As: Poet, Critic, Educator
• Nationality: British
• Born On: 24 December 1822 at Laleham
• Died On: 15 April 1888 at Liverpool
• Father: Thomas Arnold
• Spouse: Frances Lucy
• Children: Thomas, Trevenen William, Richard Penrose, Lucy Charlotte, Eleanore Mary Caroline, Basil Francis
• Education: Balliol College, Rugby School, University of Oxford
• Works & Achievements: Enriched English literature with his critical essays, prose and poetry
1. Matthew Arnold's Birthdate
2. His Date of Death
3. Place of birth
4. Place of death
5-7. Name of his children
8. Name of his wife
9. Name of his Father
10. What school did he attended?
12-13. Give 3 of his popular books.
14. A fabulous cretaure; half man/half fish
15. A case for carrying arrows
He was the eldest son of Thomas Arnold and Mary Penrose Arnold, who was the daughter of an Anglican clergyman. At the age of seven, he met the future poet Arthur Hugh Clough, who was four years older to Matthew and became his lifetime friend. Then the Reverend John Keble, who would become one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement, stood as godfather to Matthew. In 1828, Arnold's father was appointed Headmaster of Rugby School and his young family took up residence, that year, in the Headmaster's house. In 1836, he was sent to Winchester and to Rugby School in 1837, where he successfully won prizes for English essay writing and latin and english poetry. 1841, he won an open scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford. When he got the Open Scholarship, his brother Tom Arnold wrote in ‘Passages in a Wandering Life’ about Matthew. Oxford. His father died suddenly of heart disease in 1842, and Fox How became his family's permanent residence. In 1851, at the age of 28, Matthew Arnold tied the knot with Frances Lucy Wightman, who was the daughter of Sir William Wightman, Justice of the Queen’s Bench and had six children.“The Strayed Reveller and Other Poems” was the first book of poetry penned by Matthew Arnold, which was published in 1849.
QUIZ
• Culture and Anarchy
• The poems of Matthew Arnold
• The Function of Criticism At The Present Time
• On The Study of Celtic Literature
• The English Poet-Vol 4
• Dover Beach and Other Poems
• The Letters of Matthew Arnold

His Popular works
Vocabulary Words
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