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Supplement (1) to Oxford University Gazette No. 4745. Wednesday, 12 October 2005.
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Scholarships and Prizes 2005: English Language and Literature


The subject for the prize will be:

`An absolute propriety... of form [is] the sole necessary of Poetry as such: whereas the greatest wealth and depth of matter is merely a superfluity in the Poet as such' (Matthew Arnold, undated letter to Clough, probably written February 1849).

The prize, the value of which is £750, is open to members of the University who on the closing date for receipt of essays have qualified by examination for the Degree of BA and have not exceeded seven years from matriculation or have qualified by examination for any other degree of the University and have not exceeded four years from matriculation or, not being graduates of the University, are pursuing a course of study leading to a postgraduate degree of the University and have not exceeded three years from their matriculation. An additional prize, of £350, may be awarded.

Essays should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked `The Matthew Arnold Prize', to the English Faculty Administrator, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than Friday, 24 February 2006. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. Essays are not expected to exceed 5,000 words, though no maximum length has been prescribed.

The prize will not be awarded twice to the same person.

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