Though many details about his early life are in dispute, scholars agree that Arnold was born in New York City and tha
The speaker becomes both retrospective and introspective as he attempts to drown his worries in his beer.
George Arnold's poem "Beer" was published twice in the Saturday Press: January 1, 1859 and August 12, 1865.
The 1881 Scribner's article states that George Arnold "is best known as the author of 'Beer'-partly because the poem has a pathetic personal significance, partly because it has also a quaint individuality that gives it a firm hold on the reader's remembrance." However, it also asserts that "Mr. Stedman's 'Ballad of Lager Beer' was a better piece of work than Arnold's 'Beer'" ("Three New York Poets" 470).
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