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-1Chloe Scott Literary Analysis 2/10/08 Floating through a sea of Human Misery In his poem Dover Beach, Matthew Arnold explores the bittersweet nature of existence and humanities’ loss of faith. The poem consists of four stanzas, none of which have any rhythm or rhyme scheme. This un-patterned structure helps to reinforce the poem’s meaning because it is random and uncertain, just like life. The first stanza establishes a feeling of serenity as the speaker is looking out the window onto a ‘calm sea’ (1) where the ‘tide is full’ (2) and the ‘moon lies fair’ (2). Arnold accentuates this feeling of comfort by using uplifting diction such as “glimmering and vast” (5), “tranquil” (5) and “sweet” (6). The words ‘gleams’ (4) and glimmering’ are also uses of anaphora which accentuate the melodious nature of the scene. Arnold’s positive tone reflects a time when society placed their faith in God and people felt secure and certain about life. As the poem progresses however, this mood is diminished and replaced with a
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PHIL 1000 taught by Professor Heathwood, during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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