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Dover Beach Analysis

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Dover Beach Dover Beach is written by Matthew Arnold and the central message is that the challenges given forth by science and upcoming moral perceptions have shaken the faith of people in God and religion. This poem was written during the late 1800's when science began to take over and religion, which back then was the pillar society, began to crumble. Arnold, who was deeply religious was saddened by the dying of the light of faith, as symbolized by the light he sees in "Dover Beach" on the coast of France, when he writes "Gleam and is gone....", gleam which represents religion has left. Arnold's feeling of loss in religion draws in the reader asking the question is the world heading the correct way? ...read more.


By using the words "sadness" and "tremulous" the pebbles motions are showed in an unhappy and threatening way. The first stanza can be seen as a description of a present during his time, when the second stanza is about the past. In the second stanza the poet uses "Sophocles", an ancient Greek philosopher, to show that the people for a long time have tried to question their faith. The phrase "distant northern sea" is a connection between the both stanzas. The main topic of the first stanza is the motion of sea which may refer to human misery, but the second stanza talks about to the human misery directly in line 18. The third stanza changes the meaning of the sea and uses it as a metaphor ("sea of faith") ...read more.


This means that the world and the people who live on it might be happy and live together in peace. To show the positive mood, he uses the words such as "love" at the beginning of the stanza. Line 33 changes everything, where it describes his real life. In line 33 and 34 ""nor love, nor light, nor peace"" shows the cruelness of the world. The plural form "us" and "we" illustrates that many other people feel the feels the same as him. The words "sweep" and "clash by night" shows that the motions of the sea are used to show the bad relations between people and religion. The poem shows a contrast between hope and reality. There are many different metaphors and changing meaning, which definitely show the changing mood throughout the poem. Arnold wishes for a peaceful world, but he also knows that it is almost impossible. ...read more.

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