Dover beach is a 'honeymoon' poem written in 1851, shortly after matthew arnold's marriage to frances lucy wightman, it evokes quite literally the sweetness and light which arnold famously. Matthew arnold’s “dover beach” is a poem set near dover, along the southeast coast of england, where arnold and his new wife spent their honeymoon in 1851. Matthew arnold was a pretty serious dude he believed in the power and beauty of art with a capital p, and was all about the value of really understanding the past and the great tradition of literature he was a poet, a scholar, a critic, and one of the big-name literary figures of the victorian era.
Dover beach by matthew arnold dover beach learning guide by phd students from stanford, harvard, berkeley. Dover beach matthew arnold [victorian web home — authors — matthew arnold — works] [commentary on the poem] the sea is calm to-night 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.
Arguably matthew arnold's most famous poem, dover beach manages to comment on his most recurring themes despite its relatively short length its message - like that of many of his other poems - is that the world's mystery has declined in the face of modernity. Matthew arnold achieves a lonely tone in the poem “dover beach, ” through the use of imagery, simile, and personification the poem begins with a simple statement: “the sea is calm tonight” at this early moment this is as yet nothing but a statement, waiting for the rest of the work to give. Dover beach is a short lyric poem by the english poet matthew arnold it was first published in 1867 in the collection new poems, but surviving notes indicate its composition may have begun.
Although remembered now for his elegantly argued critical essays, matthew arnold, born in laleham, middlesex, on december 24, 1822, began his career as a poet, winning early recognition as a student at the rugby school where his father, thomas arnold, had earned national acclaim as a strict and innovative headmaster.
Matthew arnold: poems study guide contains a biography of matthew arnold, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis of select poems. Dover beach by matthew arnold the sea is calm tonight 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 page.
Dover beach is a lyric poem by the english poet matthew arnold it was first published in 1867 in the collection new poems , but surviving notes indicate its composition may have begun as early as 1849.