Analysis of Matthew Arnold’s Poem, Dover Beach

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
An analysis of how Arnold, in “Dover Beach,” illustrates not only his loss of personal faith, but also offers a vicarious vision of spiritual helplessness with which a great number of people during the 1800’s could identify.

`When looking into the poem `Dover Beach,` by Matthew Arnold, one can choose not to see the great, white cliffs standing eerily silent in the moonlight, the ancient, icy waves approaching and retreating on the pebbled shore, and even the two figures gazing out the window at the boundless beauty of the scene. However, it is difficult to ignore the human theme of being swept about in the undertow of social change.`


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