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"Dover Beach" Presentation

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Elizabeth Slebodnick

on 28 February 2013

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by Matthew Arnold Matthew Arnold Stanza 1 Stanza 2 The Sea of Faith
Was once,too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night wind, down the cast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world. - figurative language
- alliteration
- tone
- allusion
- imagery The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits;- on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night air!
Only, from the long line of spray.
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! You hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in. Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Aegean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea. Stanza 3 Part 1 "Dover Beach" Goals: Recognize literary elements of the poem and understand how they relate to theme. Prepare for Poetry Exam. (1822-1888) A distinguished poet and critic; most notable for critical essays, prose, and poetry. Thought poetry should be "criticism of life"
'Professor of Poetry' at Oxford College
Extremely interested in theological and social issues like crisis of Christianity
- Admired people highly devoted to religion
- Believed teaching of Jesus Christ were crucial to understanding mankind Matthew Arnold Based on Arnold's interests and beliefs, what can you infer "Dover Beach" might be about? Theme In a world devoid of faith,
one may rely on love to restore
meaning in life. Literary
Elements New Historicism Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! For the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, not love, nor light,
Nor certitude , nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night. Stanza 3 Part 2 Arnold gets in touch with nature
Industrial Revolution
Loss of Faith
Cities infatuated with technology
Arnold just married- honeymoon industrialization figurative language - “You hear the grating roar of pebbles”
alliteration - “tonight..tide, gleams... gone, coast... cliffs”
tone - “As on a darkling plain”
allusion - “Sophocles long ago heard it on the Aegean”
imagery - “the grating roar of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling”

1. The industrialization highly affected Arnold’s poem. As people moved into more urbanized areas and larger cities, they suddenly lost sight of their old values and morals, such as their faith.

2. At the beginning of stanza 1, the tone is very peaceful, calm, and fair. As the stanza continues, the tone switches and gives off a negative and sad feeling, shown through the usage of words such as “grating” or “tremulous.”

3. Examples of imagery include “the light gleams and is gone,” and “roar of pebble which the waves draw back, and fling.”

4. This feeling of sadness could have been created by the loss of faith and the conflict with the coming and going of faith.

5. “Full” and “bright” make it sound as if faith was once full and undeniable, which is later countered with the “withdrawing” of the ocean because faith is being lost.

6. Some examples of parallelism include “so various, so beautiful, so new” and “nor love, nor light, nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain.” This affects the text by creating a tone that love can seem so good, but he has lost faith so he no longer sees the goodness of it.

7. He choses this comparison because by comparing society without faith to soldiers, Arnold is able to display that the world is confused and are fighting in the dark. This comparison also draws attention to the point which Arnold is trying to make, making loss of faith seem like a tragedy.

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