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    The misapprehensiveness of his age is exactly what a poet is.......

    Arnold’s mode of posing such questions may not always satisfy us, and his answers may sometimes be simply wrong. What is less excusable, as he himself said of Ruskin, is that he could be not only wrong but dogmatic when he was wrong. On the whole, however, his writings have fared well with posterity. “The misapprehensiveness of his age is exactly what a poet is sent to remedy,” wrote Browning. Oddly enough it is to Arnold’s work rather than to Browning’s that the statement seems more appropriate.

    Source: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)


    Hello teachers,

    I know the meanings word by word but totally I can’t understand the blue written quote. Would you please

    clarify it to me?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: The misapprehensiveness of his age is exactly what a poet is.......

    I found the answer of my question.

    I think it means: A poet is sent to remedy the misapprehensiveness of his age.

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    Re: The misapprehensiveness of his age is exactly what a poet is.......

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    I found the answer of my question.

    I think it means: A poet is sent to remedy the misapprehensiveness of his age.
    I agree with you.

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