Matthew Arnold, being one of the most eminent Victorian poets, minutely captures the cultural, moral and ethical decomposition existing in the Victorian era of doubts and disbelief. The wavest hit the rocks and this make a spray so he doesn't see the sea. When compared to other poets of his time, his work was judged by it simplicity, straight-forwardness, use of far-fetched words, and the ease to read because of the usage of simple words. Come to the window, sweet is the night-air! Lines 4-5 Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. The spiritual and religion faith that was once unbreakable was shivering now.
We think that comes from the fact that this one big sound is made up of many little sounds of rolling pebbles. Stanza 3: 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 natural scene is amalgamated with a sense of spiritual security established by the words calm, full, fair and tranquil. Arnold uses much alliteration in the poem. The speaker calls his companion to join him in experiencing the delight that nature is.
. Well, Arnold plays around with that a little. Here he points out that in ancient times Sophocles heard the same sound of the pebbles on the shore, and it reminded him of the ebb and flow of human misery. Arnold describes the difference between the appearance and reality of the Victorian world. It is a land that appears to be full of various beautiful, new and joyous things but that is not the case.
The poem concludes with a pessimistic outlook on the state of the planet. The time is that of night. The speaker regrets that those days are now past. The sea is calm to-night. The poet could anticipate the shift in human ideology from the Christian tradition to the impersonal world of Darwin and other scientists. Autoplay next video The sea is calm to-night.
The dominating and loud roar of religious faith was now retreating. Stanza 2- It is an allusion to the famous tragic poet Sophocles. He warns, however, that the world's beauty is only an illusion, since it is in fact a battlefield full of people fighting in absolute darkness. That poetic technique, where a sentence is broken up across more than one line, is called. Beginning in the present it shifts to the classical age of Greece, then with its concerns for the sea of faith it turns to Medieval Europe, before finally returning to the present. It seems to Shmoop that the atmosphere of this poem is changing.
Houston, Texas: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Metaphorically, however, the light is regarded as the fluctuating faith in God and religion. Ah, love, let us be true To one another! Arnold's Dover Beach and all his other works had became the poetic forefeather of Modern Sensibility. In the second stanza the poet effectively uses a metaphor where the ebb and flow of human misery is compared to the tides of the sea. In reality, Arnold is expressing that nothing is certain, because where there is light there is dark and where there is happiness there is sadness. Thus, the allusion to Socrates, a Greek playwright celebrated for his tragedies, is particularly apt.
Now the speaker tells his companion and us to change the frame, to use one of our other senses. A kind of darkness surrounds human destiny as they clash with each other on vague alarms with a sense of primitivism and savagery. He doesn't mean love between man and women but between conutries. Second Stanza Sophocles long ago Heard it on the Ægean, 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. The two responses are not mutually exclusive. Only, from the long line of spray Where the sea meets the moon-blanch'd land, Listen! Arnold and his wife visited Dover Beach twice in 1851,the year they married and the year Arnold was believed to had written Dover Beach.
People have lost their faith in God. Only, from the long line of spray Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land, Listen! Hecht shows an envy of he romantic time potrayed in 'Dover Beach'. In this way, Arnold is setting the mood or scene so the reader can understand the point he is trying to portray. As we know the poem was written during the Victorian age. Sophocles compared eternal movement with the miseries of humans which like them are also never-ending.