Matthew Arnold is buried in the family plot in All Saints' Churchyard,
Laleham, Middlesex, England.
Grave of Matthew Arnold
Photograph by kind permission of Laleham Parish Church
Arnold was the son of Thomas Arnold, a Headmaster of
Rugby School. He was educated at Rugby, Winchester and Balliol College
Oxford. In 1851 he became an inspector of schools -
a career to which he dedicated 35 years of his life.
His early poetry was heavily influenced by Byron.
His first collection was entitled The Strayed Reveller, and Other
Poems and was published in 1849.
In 1858 Arnold was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University
- which was ironic as he spent the rest of his life writing prose. He
particularly concentrated on educational, literary and social topics and
became one of the most influencial critics of his day. His critical work
inspired T.S Eliot.