Poem introduction

Here is a quiet poem by Matthew Arnold, which registers the healing freshness of nature as experienced in an urban park, set in the midst of the roaring city of London. It's notable that at this time it was still possible to graze sheep here, and Arnold imagines he could be in the mountains, alongside an angler catching trout. The piece here has a powerful healing influence for him.

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