Arthur Hugh Clough: The Critical Heritage

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Stopford A. Brooke, part of ‘Arthur Hugh Clough’ from Four Poets: A Study of Clough, Arnold, Rossetti and Morris

1908, 26-47

Stopford Augustus Brooke was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and ordained in 1857. He left the Anglican Church in 1880 and became a celebrated chapel minister. His Primer of English Literature (1876), which was very favourably noticed by Matthew Arnold (see Mixed Essays, 1879), was Brooke’s best known work.

Writing to Viscount Bryce in September 1908, after the publication of Four Poets, Stopford Brooke summed up his view of Clough as follows:

I have always liked Clough better than others who have expressed surprise that I wrote about him at all. That fine, sub-gentle, surface-dabbling spirit of his does not belong to the modern poets who must run glittering ‘in the open sunlight or they are unblest. ’ He did not ask himself why he wrote, but just wrote out of his soul which was always roving through little woods of thought where pleasant streams made a quiet noise; and he didn’t care a withered leaf what the world thought of him.

(Quoted in Lawrence Pearsall Jacks, Life and Letters of Stopford Brooke, London 1917, II, 644. )

I have always liked Clough better than others who have expressed surprise that I wrote about him at all. That fine, sub-gentle, surface-dabbling spirit of his does not belong to the modern poets who must run glittering ‘in the open sunlight or they are unblest. ’ He did not ask himself why he wrote, but just wrote out of his soul which was always roving through little woods of thought where pleasant streams made a quiet noise; and he didn’t care a withered leaf what the world thought of him.

(Quoted in Lawrence Pearsall Jacks, Life and Letters of Stopford Brooke, London 1917, II, 644. )

Thus Clough is with Shakespeare at last, warbling ‘his native woodnotes wild’…

Of all the poets who played on England as on a harp, Clough was one of the most personal. He was even more personal than Arnold, who could detach himself at times from himself. But Clough was never self-detached in his poetry, even when he tried to be so. He contemplated his soul and its sensitive and bewildered workings incessantly, and saw in them the image of that which was going on in the soul of

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