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Hunter may have been referring to the four-volume "The English Poets. Selections with Critical Introductions by Various Writers and a General Introduction by Matthew Arnold", edited by Thomas Humphry Ward, published by Macmillan in 1880. Ward was married to Arnold's niece (novelist, Mrs. Humphry Ward). The Preface to the anthology begins, "The aim of this ...


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You made a good find that "tost" is the past participle of "toss", but I don't think "contention-tost" means that contentions are tossed away. More the opposite, in fact: the men are tossed by contention. Firstly, consider the context. The flute learns "a stormy note / Of men contention-tost, of men who groan": in conjunction with storminess and groaning, ...


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