As he is to be married again so soon, he clearly has no sense of right, wrong, or timing. His interpretation of human misery, his criticism of life and his faith in God has contributed a lot to his success as a poet. Why the reference to Sophocles? It is a land that appears to be full of various beautiful, new and joyous things but that is not the case. As a privileged man who makes his own rules, the duke continues to stain his own image by taking pleasure in boasting about the murder of his wife and casually inquiring about his next marriage. He sees the light on the French coast gleaming. The second dominant image in the poem is in lines 25 through 28, expressing the emotional impact of the loss of faith. As if faith wrapped around us like a girdle.
Example: The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone;… It is also rich in the use of visual and auditory images while describing the sea and the waves. The slow cadence of this movement, and its eternal repetitions, seem sad to the narrator. He first expunges on the painting of the duchess and then digresses to her personality and all her transgressions. Thus the greed gave a death blow to this faith. But first he just gets sad. Unlike the duke, who unknowingly provides self damning information, he gives no allusions to being distrustful.
The poet believes that the world which was like the Land of Dreamsor how he described it, in the beginning, is, in reality, hollow from inside. The author is setting up a romantic scene for two people in love. A contrast is formed to the scenery of the previous stanza. He hears its sadness, longings and roars of pulling away of faith as night wind is hovering over the sky. But now, it brings the eternal note of sadness — the monotonous rhythm of the waves makes the speaker depressed. Despite his own religious doubts, a source of great anxiety for him, in several essays Arnold sought to establish the essential truth of Christianity.
The use of curtains to cover up the Duchess' picture implies that the Duke is hiding something. Although the poem begins with a descriptive image of the harmonious sea, the main theme of the poem is not to romanticize Nature but to reveal the pain, despair and suffering in the world caused by the lack of religious and spiritual faith. On a pleasant evening, the poet and his love are apparently in a room with a window affording a view of the straits of Dover on the southeast coast of England, perhaps in an inn. The poem makes no particular attempt to follow the clipped, elliptical, semi-conversational style of the more realistic monologues of Robert Browning, but rather presents a more meditative poem, dominated by three extended images that not only carry the meaning of the poem but also provide much of the emotional and imaginative impact. These images create a sense of barrenness pervading the human civilization. Although this poem is written in free verse, it still attains a strong cadence through rhetorical schemes. Distant means far from Sophocles.
. The poem concludes pessimistically as the speaker makes clear to the reader that all the beauty and happiness that one may believe they are experiencing is not in fact real. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. The poet is on the England side and is watching the coast of France. Only, from the long line of spray Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land, Listen! Now, however, the sea of faith is receding; the power of religion to give unity and meaning is waning, leaving behind only the chill wind whistling over the desolate beach. Darwin and other scientists with their scientific discoveries had made the Victorians question and challenge the existing religious beliefs.
Analysis of the Setting in My Last Duchess and Dover Beach At first glance the setting of a poem is the psychological and physiological environment in which the story takes place. He speaks now directly to her, and perhaps, to all those true believers in God that are still out there. What hope is there for humanity? The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; —on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. New inventions in technology were changing the world and science such as biology and astronomy were challenging long held beliefs of the church and by the church. It is last stage of all When we are frozen up within, and quite The phantom of ourselves, To hear the world applaud the hollow ghost Which blamed the living man. Arnold feels that the world has transformed itself into a battlefield where human civilization stands on the verge of moral and ethical extinction. The deliberately plain opening, a common poetic practice in Arnold, emphasizes nouns and verbs and their emotional impact.
This repetitive sound underlies the otherwise peaceful scene like background music and suggests to the speaker some unspecified, unrelenting sadness. The world is actually without peace, joy, or help for those in need and the human race is too distracted by its own ignorance to see where true assistance is needed anymore. Arnold uses some denotation in Dover Beach'; 1. Lastly, the author mentions in the last stanza the clash by night of ignorant armies struggling and fighting, comparing the crash of the waves to human war. Browning's poems My Last Duchess and Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister, though… 1187 Words 5 Pages different ways. His reason and his knowledge and investigation of such mid-Victorian intellectual trends as the Higher Criticism of the Bible and quasi-historical concerns about the historical Jesus had convinced him that a reasonable man could no longer believe in Christianity. Fourth Stanza Ah, love, let us be true To one another! This shows that faith of the people is dying.
Matthew Arnold has been characterized as a sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues. There is only one speaker whom is talking to an imaginary audience. The Beach Carrier is a bag that is large enough to carry all the items that one needs for a day at the beach. This poem has four stanzas, each containing 14,6,8,9 lines respectively. Intertwined with setting is the way in which the speaker interacts with the listener of the poem. Another metaphor is present in lines 17 and 18.
For instance, in the first stanza, Arnold sets up the situation of the poem. The Sea of Faith that once existed among the mankind gradually vanished. Like the sea, Faith principally Christianity once girded the world, like an attractive, bright-colored scarf tightly binding all together. The moon is shining brightly fair upon the narrow English channel straits. In the second stanza the speaker is reminded of the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles who also heard the sounds of the Aegean Sea and then wrote tragedies on human misery. 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 heart is attracted by the pleasant appearance of the view from the window, but the head is forced to take heed of the eternal sound of the surf, which says something entirely different. He calls into question the morals and ethics of the people and the topics that they debate, including religion, science, and the purpose that they have in society. It's a question we're still grappling with today. The first image mixes sight and sound and occupies the entire first section of the poem. The poet begins with a broad general view from the horizon, coming closer to that which is in the forefront of his view, the sea meeting the moon-blanched land, whence comes the disturbing sound. The Faithcan refer to trust humanity religion, kindness, sympathy spiritualism and so on. He is known as the second, chronologically, of the three great Greek tragedians; Sophocles was several decades younger than Aeschylus and a decade or so older than Euripides.