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A Poet Born - Matthew Arnold a renouned poet and writer was born on Christmas Eve 1822, he became the first Inspector of Schools.  Who resided in Southend many times. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterized as a sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues

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