Dover Beach By Matthew Arnold

             Theme: Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold portrays the theme of human misery being brought about because of the changing of the world.
             Thesis: That the changing world constitutes human misery is made apparent to the reader through Matthew Arnold’s use of diction and imagery.
             Paragraph: “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold depicts human misery brought about by the changing world through by its main use of sea, land and sky imagery. The author observes the sea being calm “tonight” while “tide is full” (line 2), which happens only whilst the “moon lies fair” (line 2). The question that the sea will be calm tomorrow or next month is uncertain because the sea’s harmony depends on the irregular tide, which is reliant still further or the altering pull of the moon. “On the French coast” (line 3) “where the sea meets the land, the light gleams and is gone” because the light is harbored by the sea. The luminosity cannot be unswerving if it is part of the incoherent sea. Yet while light on the sea appears and disappears, it stays incontrovertible where the “cliffs of England stand” (line 4) and constantly illuminates the cliffs to make them seem relentlessly “glimmering and vast” (line 4). Since the light is being haggard towards the incontrovertible cliffs rather than the incoherent sea, it also depicts a light and dark imagery where the reader is inclined to prefer the secure, illuminated cliffs while scorning the shadowy, mysterious, and unpredictable sea. To further disregard the part of the world that changes, the author includes an image of “pebbles which the waves draw back and fling” (line 10) repetitively as “you hear the grating roar” (line 9) and see the “long line of spray” (line 7). These images construed together illustrate an image of tumultuous interruption in the natural array of things, which also inexorably changes things. And with the flinging, grating, roaring, and spraying of pebbl...

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