Analysis Of Matthew Arnold 's ' Dover Beach '

947 WordsMar 19, 20164 Pages
Matthew Arnold was born in the early 19th century in England and began his career as a poet who earned acclaim very quickly at his school, Rugby School. As he grew older he became a teacher at his alma mater and as the years passed, his passion for education and knowledge paved the way into what Arnold became most well-known for, critical essays and poetry. In this time he wrote some of his best works which earned him a teaching position at Oxford as a teacher of poetry. From that point on, his career in critical essays and poetry really took off with very critically acclaimed works such as “To Marguerite – Continued” and “Dover Beach.” Arnold’s poems, such as “Dover Beach,” often focus on solitude, romance, and faith, which was very popular at the time, so many of his poems were published and much-admired. In “Dover Beach” Arnold uses symbolism, varying points-of-view, and rhyme scheme to express to the reader that love is fleeting. In “Dover Beach,” although the speaker is in a romantic relationship with an interlocutor, he uses symbolism often to express his feeling that the love he once had with the interlocutor is fleeting or gone completely. In the first stanza Arnold speaks of the beauty and pleasure of the sea and the waves crashing against the coastline and the waves drawing back to the sea and at that point the speaker says, “Listen! You hear the grating roar of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling, at their return, up the high strand, begin, and cease,
Open Document