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Author: poem of Matthew Arnold Type: poem Views: 78


Others abide our question. Thou art free.
We ask and ask—thou smilest and art still,
Out-topping knowledge. For the loftiest hill,
Who to the stars uncrowns his majesty,

Planting his stedfast footsteps in the sea,
Making the heaven of heavens his dwelling-place,
Spares but the cloudy border of his base
To the foiled searching of mortality;

And thou, who didst the stars and sunbeams know,
Self-schooled, self-scanned, self-honored, self-secure,
Didst tread on earth unguessed at—better so!

All pains the immortal spirit must endure,
All weakness which impairs, all griefs which bow,
Find their sole speech in that victorious brow.

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This poem is a hyperbole, which means it\'s exaggerated. -.-
It was intended to be like that. Arnold simply wanted to convey to his readers that Shakespeare was a great playwright. And exaggeration is one of the most effective ways of conveyance. It is a beautifully written poem. If you didn\'t like it, it means you obviously did not understand it.

| Posted on 2012-05-09 | by a guest


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WOW! I came here 4 an explanation and found a bunch of confused people talking their head off !!

| Posted on 2012-02-27 | by a guest


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cause of this mad fellow ive gotta study this shit!. he could just keep this poem 4 himself no?. such a dumb head..blowing others trumpet in now more worse :P

| Posted on 2012-02-27 | by a guest


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\"Didst tread on earth unguessed atóbetter so\",i agree completely atleast they didnt write like him!

| Posted on 2012-01-22 | by a guest


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bloody shit poem shakespeare was just a human like us not god!! i know hes great but not tht much common this arnold has done too much!!!

| Posted on 2012-01-22 | by a guest


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bloody shit poem shakespeare was just a human like us not god!! i know hes great but not tht much common this arnold has done too much!!!

| Posted on 2012-01-22 | by a guest


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bloody shit poem shakespeare was just a human like us not god!! i know hes great but not tht much common this arnold has done too much!!!

| Posted on 2012-01-22 | by a guest


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well this is well written poem.. though the \"greatness\" of Shakespeare has been exaggerated..!!!

| Posted on 2012-01-04 | by a guest


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sexpeare is d poem of no sense .poem exxagert sexpear uselesly.

| Posted on 2011-11-19 | by a guest


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This a great poem by Arnold wherw we come to know about the greatness of Shakespeare.

| Posted on 2011-06-16 | by a guest


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I DID NOT LIKE THE POEM A VERY BAD POEM BY ARNOLD AND SHAKESPEARE WAS A SHITTER

| Posted on 2011-05-25 | by a guest


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Fabulous poema but its a bit too exagerrated. I mean the way matthew exprsses shakespeare as in we are sooo low as compared to him that we can\'t even see shakespeare\'s feet! common man, I don\'t think that we\'r THAT dumb:-P. just kidding:-))

| Posted on 2011-04-28 | by a guest


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The reality about shakespeare ia writen in the poem. He was so bad that he did not answer any questions.
he was wrorst

| Posted on 2011-03-01 | by a guest


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It is a masterpiece by Mathew Arnold.He did write this piece of poem in the rememberance of one of the greatest playwright-Shakespeare.Here, Mathew briefs us about the intelligence and determined efforts of Shakespeare.In short, he tried to convey us about the depth of the Shakespeare\'s mind that anyone of us can fathom or comprehend.He pays great tribute to Shakespeare by addressing him as a self-schooled, self-scanned and self-honoured.He even pointed out the detachment of Shakespeare in ending lines of the poem.

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest


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It is a masterpiece by Mathew Arnold.He did write this piece of poem in the rememberance of one of the greatest playwright-Shakespeare.Here, Mathew briefs us about the intelligence and determined efforts of Shakespeare.In short, he tried to convey us about the depth of the Shakespeare\'s mind that anyone of us can fathom or comprehend.He pays great tribute to Shakespeare by addressing him as a self-schooled, self-scanned and self-honoured.He even pointed out the detachment of Shakespeare in ending lines of the poem.

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest


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matthwe arnold tells us that the other poets are all ready to answer the queries but shakespeare wants us to read his poems again and again to understand the betterand his knowledge is beyond itself deeply rooted in the sea .his knowledege reaches the clouds and the stars.this isall his knowledge which makes his victory brow.

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest


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matthwe arnold tells us that the other poets are all ready to answer the queries but shakespeare wants us to read his poems again and again to understand the betterand his knowledge is beyond itself deeply rooted in the sea .his knowledege reaches the clouds and the stars.this isall his knowledge which makes his victory brow.

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest


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Matthew Arnold says that Shakespeare doesn\'t answer any questions posed to him. He just smiles and remains silent unlike other poets.
His knowledge is beyond our comprehension.
His knowledge has been compared to a mountain, whose peak we cannot see. We can only see the cloudy border of the mountain\'s base (spares but the cloudy border....to the foil\'d searching of mortality(humans)).
He was self-taught, self honoured. The immortal spirit of Shakespeare must endure all criticism we make. But, he and his knowledge still remain majestic, out of our reach.
-Akamoha

| Posted on 2011-02-05 | by a guest


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Shakespear is a poem by mathew arnold about some guy called Shakespeare

| Posted on 2011-01-01 | by a guest


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Shakespeare as highlighted by the poem has a vast knowledge even he was self schooled.his knowledge was uncomprehendible by our knowledge so the poet compare his knowledge to a high mountain whose top cannot be seen.

| Posted on 2010-12-21 | by a guest


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It is a deeply touching poem where an admirer of Shakespeare\'s work (Matthew) describes the intellectual abilities of Shakespeare to great extent and believes him to be superior to all other playwrights of his time.

| Posted on 2010-11-07 | by a guest


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this poem is completely crappy . h8 both arnold and shekespeare

| Posted on 2010-07-18 | by a guest


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LOVE this poem:) :)
But its a bit bardolatory,don't you'll think??
Just kidding:P awesome poem,Matthew!!

| Posted on 2010-06-27 | by a guest


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LOVE this poem:) :)
But its a bit bardolatory,don't you'll think??
Just kidding:P awesome poem,Matthew!!

| Posted on 2010-06-27 | by a guest


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the autor tells that shakespeare is a very great play writter

| Posted on 2010-06-21 | by a guest


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Matthew Arnold is talking about Shakespeare's intellectual ability, detachment and confidence. He says that whenever a Question is asked, Shakespeare replies by smiling and never answers them. He says that Shakespeare's mind is like the top of the Mountain at the point where we cannot see, the part covered with Clouds. By this he means that Shakespeare's mind is so vast it can never be completely understood. Shakespeare was a self-confident person. - Aiman Ahmed [AkLeMo]

| Posted on 2010-03-20 | by a guest


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Others abide our question. Thou art free.
We ask and askóthou smilest and art still,
Out-topping knowledge. For the loftiest hill,
Who to the stars uncrowns his majesty,
Planting his stedfast footsteps in the sea,
Making the heaven of heavens his dwelling-place,
Spares but the cloudy border of his base
To the foiled searching of mortality;
And thou, who didst the stars and sunbeams know,
Self-schooled, self-scanned, self-honored, self-secure,
Didst tread on earth unguessed atóbetter so!
All pains the immortal spirit must endure,
All weakness which impairs, all griefs which bow,
Find their sole speech in that victorious brow.
get the meanings from ur teacher.

| Posted on 2009-12-26 | by a guest


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the author is prasing shakespeare on all the work he has done and see's him as his god. ps. ur welcome :)

| Posted on 2009-02-12 | by a guest




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