Dover Beach - 1 Dover Beach Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold...

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1 Dover Beach Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold is a poem that seems to contain a melancholy yet calm tone throughout. Including a large metaphor of the sea, Arnold portrays life and faith all in a single poem. By using the sea, he portrays both life and faith by describing how they once were very prominent, however their prominence changes with time thus exemplifying his melancholy tone. Through out Dover Beach Matthew Arnold exhibits a melancholy tone, however he also seems to keep a calm voice while doing so. In the first stanza Arnold is not just describing the sea, it is a metaphor pertaining to life. Arnold is describing how the people of the world once believed very strongly in their faith. However now, “Listen! You hear the grating roar…the Eternal not of sadness in” shows that faith changes and some people may not believe as strongly as they once did so. This relates to the era in which the poem was written in. During the Victorian era the Darwin Theory was first introduced and was a hot topic. Faith was most definitely in
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2010 for the course PHYSICS 213 taught by Professor Padamsee during the Spring '10 term at Cornell.

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