In the first part, Arnold speaks of the resonances of sea-waves on the pebbly shore. It begins with mostly visual depictions, describing the calm sea, the fair moon, and the lights in France across the Channel. The statement bodes of the significance the sea is going to play as an image in the poem. Perhaps this is to over-analyse the poem; perhaps it is to mistake Matthew Arnold himself for his speaker, standing at the window, gazing out at Dover beach. Dwight Culler, Imaginative Reason: The Poetry of Matthew Arnold New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966.
It's not like there isn't any love and happiness in it the first stanza is full of it but he doesn't sugarcoat the bad stuff either. Image: Matthew Arnold cartoon by Frederick Waddy, 1872;. It is a sad melancholy state. This imagery will appear again and again in the poem. Underneath or behind is the reality of life—a confused struggle, no light, nothing to distinguish good from evil, friend from foe; it is the result of the thought suggested by the sound of the surf. He describes an ancient battle that occurred on a similar beach during the Athenian invasion of Sicily. Here, the moment is the visceral serenity the speaker feels in studying the landscape, and the contradictory fear that that serenity then leads him to feel.
Use of enjambment continuation of a clause or sentence to the next line of a poem gives the poem faster pace. To this point line 14 , the poem has been essentially straightforward description. The world has no meaning but the meaning we assign to it, and this is both stirringly beautiful and strikingly terrifying to think about. Only, from the long line of spray Where the sea meets the moon-blanch'd land, Listen! The only way out of this disaster according to Arnold is to love and to have a faith in one another and do believe in God and live in reality rather than the land of dreams. Even though the two literary pieces were written nearly a century apart, both deal with the corruption of humanity as it pulls away from simple pleasures, such as nature, art, faith and literature, and pursues shallow ideals, such as materialism and conformity. Here's our manifesto on the matter. The world has become a battlefield where everybody is intrigued by false alarms and made to spread anger, violence, and misery.
As a broad generalization, the poem presents the common opposition between appearance and reality; the appearance is the opening six lines, which turn out to be a dream, while the reality of life, which the poet accepts, is the desolate beach and the confused battlefield. What also makes the poem particularly powerful is that his romantic streak has almost no tinge of the religious. However, they both feel alone and burdened by their passions. The sea is calm to-night. 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 first image mixes sight and sound and occupies the entire first section of the poem.
Probably the light on the French side vanishes because White Cliffs block the rays of moonlight. 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. Can a poem be both sad and beautiful? Ah, love, let us be true To one another! The individual words add up—melancholy, withdrawing, retreating, vast, drear, naked—re-creating the melancholy sound of the sea withdrawing, leaving behind only a barren and rocky shore, dreary and empty. However, it is poignant because it reveals a darker potential in the beautiful. Hope I have completed Summary and Analysis. It could be assumed that Arnold compiled the poem white sitting on the shores of Dover Beach while looking out to the sea with pebbles scattered across the shore. Only, from the long line of spray Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land, Listen! The fourth stanza is where the poem discovers both, a considerate as well as a hasty mood.
. The two descriptive analogies are drawn from classical sources, but the unifying sentiment is romantic in its haunting pessimism and lack of faith. The poet is on the England side and is watching the coast of France. One of the women cries and all the visitors leave, upset and burdened by the book and by Montag's defiance in keeping the outlawed book. The light that shines then vanishes representing to this speaker, and to Arnold himself, the vanishing faith of the English people.
The natural scene is amalgamated with a sense of spiritual security established by the words calm, full, fair and tranquil. The dominating and loud roar of religious faith was now retreating. The poem begins with the calm, pleasant and soothing description of Dover beach. The moon is shining brightly fair upon the narrow English channel straits. At the same time, that's not all poetry can do. The speaker of the poem begins beautifully, asking his lover to come to the window to see the glory of the sea at night and to feel the sweet night air. He misses traditional values and doesn't think people appreciate the beauty in art and nature.
The second dominant image in the poem is in lines 25 through 28, expressing the emotional impact of the loss of faith. I heard that grating and creaking. It is a land that appears to be full of various beautiful, new and joyous things but that is not the case. The Poetry By Heart website is a shared asset of The Poetry Archive and The Full English. Then, all of a sudden it zooms out. The first fourteen lines may well also suggest a sonnet, since this gives certain appearances that it is a love poem.