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Dover Beach

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Danielle Wilkinson

on 4 May 2011

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The speaker of the poem holds a tone of serenity. He explains his love and admiration for the world by reminiscing the world without the influence of scientific explanation. "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." The author wrote this poem because he is clearly emotional. It's one of those poems authors write for relief- not so much to tell a story. He feels passionate about the world. I get the vibe he wrote it for his own self-satisfaction. "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, no new, hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light." Speaker Occasion Audience The audience is directly anyone who will listen to his opinion and insight. Or, more specifically, people of the world who are unknowledgeable of the transformation of human life. "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." Purpose The purpose of this poem was to inform others of his thoughts and feelings by comparing the world to the transient, complicated yet peaceful ways of the ocean. Again, I interpret this poem as being a kind of mourning-like poem. "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 only I hear its meloncholy, long, withdrawing roar..." Subject He wishes to express the idea of Industrialization. Throughout the poem, he says love is something to be cherished since he has lost his ability to cherish the world for humans have impacted its beauty so much. "Of human misery; we find also in the sound a thought hearing it by this distant northern sea." Tone The tone is solemn, maybe a little meloncholy, because he misses the world. From what I can tell, he's a little frustrated. The Critical Comment says the tone is converstaional which yes, it's casual but he also uses words to describe his negative mood such as, "termulous", "misery", "meloncholy" and "nor love; nor light; nor peace". Dover Beach By Danielle Wilkinson Wolverine Matthew Arnold Most of Matthew Arnold’s poems spawn from his difficulties dealing with values in an industrialized world. Valued William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, and other English poets of the Romantic period After he married, most of his poems were direct toward his children. 3 out of 6 died in childhood December 24, 1822-April 15, 1888 He studied social and theological subjects and dealt with the concerns of religious faith and the dwindling of Christianity After attending Oxford, he was awarded a fellowship at Oriel College and was free to do whatever for the following two years. He spent his time reading, traveling and writing poems. Paraphrase Arnold admires upon a beach. There is an underlying message of the tranquility of the world through his description of the waves. He says with every little wave, he is filled with sadness. He refers to Sophocles as a person reflecting upon human activities that brings tradegy. He states that the world was once embraced by religion but it has started to diminish and for that the earth is meloncholy. He concludes the poem by advising us to love another because the world is a beautiful place to be. Poetry Terms Personification- "Its meloncholy, long, withdrawing roar retreating to the breath of the night wind" Simile- "The world for which it seems to lie before us like a land of dreams" Giving human traits to non-human objects Comparing objects using "like" or "as" Proposal I chose this poem because I completely agree with what it's saying. Society with the conditions in which we live will always have an impact on the earth. Also, I love poems referring to the ocean because it's symbolic of many different things and it's interesting to see how each poet incorporates life troubles, insights, life in general etc. Theme The theme of the poem is about the disappointing outcome of the earth due to human's modern life of industrializing.
(Refering to the beach after industrialization) "Its meloncholy, long, withdrawing roar retreating to the breath of the night wind, down the vast edges drear and naked shingels of the world." "...for the world which seems to lie before us like a land of dreams... we are here as on a darkling plain swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,where ignorant armies clash by night." I think this is the most powerful part of the poem because he explains how the earth was once happy and beautiful but it has changed so negatively. He then after ends it with a deep insight on how we are unaware of what we're doing; we shouldn't fight over this land but we should cherish it. Imagery- "Listen! You hear the grating roar of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling." Words or phrases that appeal to any sense or any combination of senses. "Human Misery" "Sea of Faith" "So various, so beautiful, so new" "Land of dreams" Powerful words... Words that describe theme... "Sea of Faith" "Land of dreams" "ignorant armies" The theme of the poem is about the rise of industrialization. "sweet is the night air!" to... "the eternal note of sadness in" to... "The sea of faith was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore... but now I only hear its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar." "for the world, which seems to lie before us like a land of dreams." to... to... "swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, where ignorant armies clash by night." Assignment When I was a child,
The ocean was calm,
The waves were only mild
And I sat under the palms.
I had not a care
In this nice and peaceful world,
With the wind through my hair,
Everything unfurled.
As I grew older,
The waves became immense,
My responsibilities foretold,
The ocean would get intense.
For a while I did not return
Because it gave me woe,
I was more than concerned,
The ocean overflowed.
I wish I could have held her,
More tightly, my mommy,
Now I am an elder,
The ocean a tsunami.
I miss my childhood dearly,
I want the ocean calm,
I used to see so clearly,
Happy underneath the palms.
What has the world done
To my aging soul?
I can’t imagine, I can’t run,
The ocean took its toll.
I miss my youthful days,
Living by the sun,
Following the waves,
My life had not begun.
How come I am blind,
To the things I once treasured?
It’s cluttered: my mind,
And now I have displeasure. Water Girl Compare my poem with Dover Beach. In what ways are they similar/different? "Matthew Arnold." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 3 May. 2011 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>. "Matthew Arnold." NNDB. 2011. Soylent Communications. 1 May 2011 <http://www.nndb.com/people/061/000084806/>. Work Cited Literary Elements
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