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Thyrsis, A Monody, to commemorate the author's friend, Arthur Hugh Clough, who died at Florence, 1861


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Matthew Arnold (1822—1888) poet, writer, and inspector of schools

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A poem by M. Arnold, published 1866. The poem is a pastoral elegy lamenting Clough as Thyrsis, recalling his ‘golden prime’ in the days when he and Arnold wandered through the Oxfordshire countryside, their youthful rivalry as poets, and Clough's departure for a more troubled world. It invokes the Scholar‐Gipsy as an image of hope and perpetual quest.

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