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"Dover Beach" poem analysis

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Catherine Mira

on 26 February 2013

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Transcript of "Dover Beach" poem analysis

views Setting Senses Present-Past-Present-Future "Dover Beach" is about Arnold's views on humans and society "The sea is calm../The tide is full, the moon lies fair." "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 granting roar." Time period "Dover Beach" a poem by Matthew Arnold Background Matthew Arnold 1800's British poet
Well-known Sage writer
worked as a school inspector to provide for his six children and wife Dover Beach Beach in southeastern England
Arnold and his wife spent their honeymoon at Dover Beach The beach itself is a representation of how humans treat and interact with nature Arnold begins his poem by creating a setting of solitude, serenity, and self awareness. "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." Misery flows through his thoughts, it also flows in the distant sea. "And we are here as on a darkling plain/ Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,/ Where ignorant armies clash by night." Arnold ends the poem with one other person. They are uncertain with where they stand and what the future holds Residual effect of poet's self awareness to the audience's self awareness by using the sense of touch, sight and hearing. "With a tremulous cadence slow, and bring the eternal note of sadness in." Sadness is an emotion. What ties the recurrence of this emotion and the senses is that it is what humans do--they feel. PAGE 715-716 1800's=Famous poets emerged and allusions Transcendentalism Symbolism Pebbles to the beach=People in their societies
Beach to the ocean=Societies to the Earth
Sound of the ocean/pebbles= Sadness "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." Symbolism [continued] "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/ It's melancholy, long, withdrawing roar." Arnold is stating that the Earth had faith. There was a chance for it to prosper, but right now it is not anymore. "Was once." Things have changed and it is not getting better. Arnold views humans and society as pebbles in this world of an ocean with tragedies in each pebble. Loss of faith Sadness and misery Allusion to Sophocles Questions Comments, or opinions?
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