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Compare and Contrast Wordsworths “London 1802” and Arnolds “Dover Beach” as responses to the poets views of their situation

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Compare and Contrast Wordsworths "London 1802" and Arnolds "Dover Beach" as responses to the poets views of their situation This essay will try to explain and find the comparisons and the contrasting views in Both "London 1802" and "Dover Beach" according to both of the poets views of their situation. "London 1802" was written by William Wordsworth in September, 1802. It is about Wordsworth saying how he would like England, to revert back to before it was corrupted, because Wordsworth thought that people had lost their inward happiness, which can take many forms, such as religion. They have gained money and wealth in exchange for losing their inward happiness. He talks about people needing to follow after John Milton's character and inspiration. I.e. Living a humble life, in a cheerful manner, and to stop being selfish. "Dover Beach" was written by Matthew Arnold in the 1840's, early on in the scientific revolution, when the number of actual churchgoers was starting to decrease slightly. The decrease in church attendance is only really noticeable towards the end of the nineteenth century and at the beginning of the twentieth century. ...read more.


As people sometimes find their inward happiness through religion and that is why people go to church, although not as many who did in the first half of the nineteenth century. In "London 1802" Wordsworth talks about how men are losing their inward happiness, "...forfeited their ancient English dower Of inward happiness. We are selfish men;" Here, Wordsworth is talking about how people have exchanged their inward happiness. In the following two extracts from Arnold's poem it shows how people are losing their religious faith. "The sea of faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earths shore" Here, Arnold is talking about how he remembers when religion was very widely believed, almost sacrament, but the next extract says what is going to happen in regards to religious faith. "But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating to the breath" Here, Arnold is saying how the sea of religious faith is receding; this is because of the scientific revolution which was going on in the nineteenth century. In "Dover Beach" Arnold talks about people who have lost their religious faith, and how it was inevitable, but, he did not want it to happen and he accepts that it cannot be reversed and it will not be stopped by anyone. ...read more.


Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;" Here, Arnold is saying that the world is just one big illusion, and that it is not as good as it seems. The moods of the poets are different in these two poems, Arnold seems to write in a very passionate flowing way, whereas Wordsworth seems to write in a more urgent, rushed manor. For example, in "London 1802", Wordsworth writes in little rhyming phrases, usually with urgency and emphasis, such as in the following extract. "Of inward happiness. We are selfish men; Oh! raise us up, return to us again;" An example of the flowing, rhythm and passion of Arnold's writings can be shown in the following extract. "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." The way he rhymes in this section, shows how he is trying to capture the rhythm of the waves, and how his works are flowing. The end line shows how he puts passion into his writings. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sean Claydon 1 ...read more.

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