Humankind wants something which can give force and meaning to life, which the modern world with its science and commercialism cannot supply. Etc, and that is dangerous due to confusion, struggle of either support religion or not and where there is conflict. In such a world, Arnold says, only genuine and sincere love can restore faith and spread joy. Being distressed by the , disintegration, complexity and melancholy of his times, Arnold long for primitive faith, wholeness, simplicity and happiness. The speaker and his beloved are looking outside their window at the French coast across the sea. According to an article in The Literary Encyclopedia, Arnold was a very spiritual person, but claimed poetry prevailed over philosophy, science, and religion, due to the principle that those things are based on facts, which can be proven wrong over time.
His concern for his listener is greater than that of the duke, who is only interested in the grand impression he tries to relate. What images are used in the poem? Posted on 2013-11-11 by a guest. The rhythmic sound of pebbles mingles with that of the poem. The images of sadness, melancholy, and desolation dominate the poem, while the possibility of love gets no more than two short lines. In Dover Beach, Matthew Arnold describes an evening he spent with his lover. In the next line, he vividly describes the vista around him.
Written in iambic metre, the poem consists of 37 lines divided into 4 unequal stanzas. Arnold's setting implies a vast world full of wonder. According to the poet, as usual, the tide is full and the moon is lightening the straits i. Browning's poems My Last Duchess and Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister, though… 1187 Words 5 Pages different ways. In the third stanza of the poem it becomes clear that Arnold is in fact speaking about the diminishing faith of his countrymen and women. I learn'd— The heart can bind. While their forms share similarities, the two differ radically in thematic style.
He feels lonely and abandoned, no longer comforted by faith because science has challenged his God. The moods of the speaker throughout the poem change dramatically as do the moods of the sea. It was at its fullest as the tide is now. Arnold would then work for thirty-five years a government school inspector, during which time he acquired an interest in education that influenced his poetic works. The diction changes as the poem progresses, from the beginning till the end, soft and loving to hard and rough, respectively. The duke believes he is fooling the listener not just with this lie, but with his justifications for the murder of his own wife. These images create a sense of barrenness pervading the human civilization.
At the beginning of the fourth stanza it becomes clear that the companion who is looking out over the water with the speaker is most likely a lover or romantic partner. The calm of the opening lines is deceptive, a dream. The second dominant image in the poem is in lines 25 through 28, expressing the emotional impact of the loss of faith. Growing Old - a poem by Matthew Arnold What is it to grow old? The light that shines then vanishes representing to this speaker, and to Arnold himself, the vanishing faith of the English people. Dover Beach consists of a somber tone. My Last Duchess is a narrative poem where the poetic persona is narrating to another the story of his late wife.
Ah, love, let us be true To one another! It is to suffer this, And feel but half, and feebly, what we feel: Deep in our hidden heart Festers the dull remembrance of a change, But no emotion none. To what kinds of faith may he refer? The literary allusion connects the past to the present, suggesting the bitter truth that human fate has always been subjected to suffering and misery. The imagery of the last four lines of this section indicates that the loss of faith is not simply unfortunate but also results in a great sense of emptiness and sterility. How would… Words 325 - Pages 2 the poem Dover Beach, Matthew Arnold discusses the issues of a country who is said to be newly budding, yet there are still numerous problems and debates that have been suppressed. This is how he succeeded in composing painful tragedies.
As for the metrical scheme, there is no apparent rhyme scheme, but rather a free handling of the basic iambic pattern. The first image mixes sight and sound and occupies the entire first section of the poem. Notice the form of the poem. 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. The second dominant image in the poem is in lines 25 through 28, expressing the emotional impact of the loss of faith. The Sea of Faith that once existed among the mankind gradually vanished. It portrays the mood and tone of what the people experienced and felt at that time.
Night, being dark and mysterious, when the moon is out, which aids the sea help destroy the land, ie science, so must fighting occurs during the night. We don't want to sort shit that is just as complicated as the poem!!! As they are walking through the palace, the duke stops and looks at the beautiful portrait of his lovely last duchess. These traits are not all mentioned verbally, but mainly through his actions. Through his poem, he illustrates his strong religious beliefs. Dover Beach Summary and Analysis Stanza 1 The poem begins with the romantic tradition style i. It shows the selfishness of humans.
Fourth Stanza Ah, love, let us be true To one another! The time when Arnold was writing this poem, England was torn between science and religion, materialism and morals and doubts and beliefs. The duke's expectations not only govern his deceased wife, but also to the standard which he holds himself. The scene immediately gives clues into the character of the duke. It is not what it appears to be. The poem is a dramatic monologue where the speaker is the poet, listener is the wife and we — the readers are the audience. The Sea of Faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled. The poem makes clear that one is not viewing this battlefield as from a distance; one is in the middle of the fight.
Arnold's speaker reflects upon the cliffs of Dover, while Browning's speaker is surrounded his impressive art collection. Arnold uses a number of metaphors and imagery to convey the melancholic feeling to us. The time is that of night. In this time he wrote some of his best works which earned him a teaching position at Oxford as a teacher of poetry. Come to the window, sweet is the night-air! His invitation shows his willingness to share his experience with her. Posted on 2010-10-15 by a guest.