2017-05-08 01:21:13 UTC
Tolstoy was convinced that Shakespeare wasn’t much good, and even the super-
cool Arnold, when fired up by the certitude of his own opinions, could flip
his lid. At one point he downrated Chaucer for not evincing enough “high
truth” and “high seriousness”. Chaucer, had he been present when Arnold
wrote down this brainwave, might have pointed out that when composing the
key scene in The Miller’s Tale, he had found it more useful to concentrate on
the high obscenity.