This chapter begins with a late lecture by the literary critic Paul de Man on language in Kant's account of the “dynamic sublime” and points to a connection with some insightful suggestions by de Man on the problem of force and power in Matthew Arnold's reading of William Wordsworth's poetry. On the basis of interpretations of this Wordworthian force in Arnold's early poetry this chapter considers the famous concept of culture developed in Culture and Anarchy as a turn away from these early poetic experiments.
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