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Dover Beach By Matthew Arnold. MATTHEW ARNOLD. Matthew's school prizes. His joined to oxford university. Other jobs. Some of his works : The culture and the mess Articles in criticism Arnold's poetry and religion.

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Dover beach by matthew arnold
Dover Beach By Matthew Arnold




  • Some of his works :

    The culture and the mess

    Articles in criticism

  • Arnold's poetry and religion


The sea is calm to-night.The tide is full, the moon lies fairUpon the straits; on the French coast the lightGleams 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 sprayWhere the sea meets the moon-blanched land,Listen! you hear the grating roarOf 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 bringThe eternal note of sadness in


Sophocles long agoHeard it on the A gaean, and it broughtInto his mind the turbid ebb and flowOf human misery; weFind also in the sound a thought,Hearing it by this distant northern sea


The Sea of FaithWas once, too, at the full, and round earth's shoreLay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.But now I only hearIts melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,Retreating, to the breathOf the night-wind, down the vast edges drearAnd naked shingles of the world


Ah, love, let us be trueTo one another! for the world, which seemsTo 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 plainSwept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,Where ignorant armies clash by night



  • This Beach. It poem represents the Victorian age in many different ways. First, it’s has a huge sense of skepticism , for example, “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 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.” ( 21- 28). The first line of the 3rd stanza is a metaphoric of the time when religion could still be experienced without the doubts brought by progress and science. Second, realism has been employed all over the poem.


  • Third Beach. It , the poem is full of sad emotions, for example, “Brought / Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow / Of human misery;”(16-18). Fourth, just like the Romantics, you can tell how he showed his nostalgia and criticism of the present in the poem, he made it very clear how the science and technology made people miserable! They were better off without this advancement, for example, “Sophocles long ago / Heard it on the A gaean, 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”(15-20).


  • In this poem we find many figure of speech. First, assonance, for example, "tide - lies "(2) . Second , alliteration, for example, "tonight - tide, Full - fair, gleams - gone, coast - cliff, which - waves, folds - furled"(1-23). Third, metaphor, for example, "the sea of faith"(21) .


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