Dover Beach – Tone Analysis

  • Category: English
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  • Grade: 100
In "Dover Beach," Matthew Arnold's use of diction and imagery reveal the overall pessimistic
tone of the poem.

        The use of diction brings the reader toward two separate tones, yet they uniquely contribute to general feeling of pessimism that Matthew Arnold portrays. In the first stanza, the "calm" sea brings a feeling of peacefulness. Since it is not turbulent, but rather serene and still, the calmness of the sea evokes feelings of harmony. This tone is set to show the value and possibilities of a peaceful life, portrayed through a silent sea. In addition, the reader also
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