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Matthew Arnold Dover Beach

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Wendy Hernandez

on 14 June 2013

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Transcript of Matthew Arnold Dover Beach

Dover Beach
Who is he?
His poetry
what was his philosophy?
Dover Beach
Born on December 24, 1822 Laleham, Middlesex England
Passed away April 5, 1888 (age 65) Liverpool, England
British poet and cultural critic
Married Frances Lucy, they both had six children
Very religious, was a Christian
He reflected alot, he had this sense of pessimistic yet optimistic feel.
Often restrained emotion
Believed that poetry should be the criticism of life and express a philosophy
True happiness comes from within, people should seek within themselves for good, not giving a care about what others think.
"However, he argues that we should not live in the belief that we shall one day inherit eternal bliss. If we are not happy on earth, we should moderate our desires rather than live in dreams of something that may never be attained."
Optimistic poem
What exactly is he talking about?
How beautiful can turn into ugly in just a matter of time
The world was once full of bliss, but evil has detroyed it
Love can get you through it
What does this poem have?
Matthew Arnold
Dover Beach
Pessimism
The view of what the world really is behind the beauty
I dont get this poem?
Who is Sophocles?
Dont lose Love
The Tension Rises
The start
ReligiousFaith Lost?
"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....."
Positive vibes, calm and nice
Who is he speaking to?
"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 sadness in."
Woah, depressing much?
Annoyed from the sound of the rocks hitting each other as soon as the waves cave in to them, kills the good vibe
"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"
He is the writer of complete
misery. Often wrote about sadness and his stories hardly had happy endings
"The sea of faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earths 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 vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.
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, nor 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
Matthew Arnold was VERY religious so hes talking
about how the world used to be faithful and religious, wonderfyl but now its not. Now theres a drought, and the water is just receding and pulling away from what it used to be
Dark vibes are given out now, although the world
may seem as amazing, its really not, its horrible.
But what Arnold is trying to portray is
love will get them through it. Hes telling his wife,
even if the world is crappy, lets not make it crappier than what it really is and keep our love as strong as ever
Disillusionment: To free or deprive of illusion. Being realistic, bursting someones bubble.
By: Wendy Hernandez, Kaitlin Henry,
Andrea David, Marisela
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