s”Dover Beach” by Arnold: Irony, Images, and IllusionsIn the poem “Dover Beach” by: Matthew Arnold there is a lot of irony,appeal to the auditory and visual sense, and illusions. The tone in this poem isvery sad and dismal, but he shows us how to keep faith and hope in spite ofthat and how important being honest, true, and faithful to one another, reallyis. Throughout this poem , Arnold mentions all of these traits and ties them alltogether.The irony in this poem is the main plot of the poem.
A man has taken awoman to a beautiful beach in France. There they look over the cliffs at thebeautiful ocean, the moon is full and bright, and the night-air is calm andpeaceful. She thinks that she is going to this romantic place to be wooed bythis man. Instead he turns to her and talks to her about Sophocles. She, notunderstanding what exactly is going on, later realizes that he was getting tothe point of having each other and always being there for one another.The poet uses visual and auditory images to mainly help the romantic,fantasy-like place. “The sea is calm, the tide is full” and “Of pebbles whichthe waves draw back, and fling,” is an example of images that appeal to thevisual sense. While ” Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land” and “Withtremulous cadence slow, and bring.
..” uses an auditory sense. “Come to thewindow, sweet is the night air,” can apply to both senses. Sweet can meanangelic or precious to qualify to be an visual image, or it can mean almost likea melodious tune.
Illusions are used in this poem as deception for the girl that the manis trying to hold a non-romantic conversation with. A theory is portrayed inthis poem by Plato, the world is an illusion. In many case this that falls true.In the first stanza of the poem , the surrounds of the two people is discussed.Words like calm, tranquil, sweet, and eternal, are used which seem to foreshadowa lovely romantic evening.
As the poem continues on, the evening is spenttalking about anything but love. The final topic of discussion goes much deeperthan just love. They end up talking about how the world is sometimes sounpredictable and dark. But they have to both rise above that and always betrue and faithful to one another.”Dover Beach,” by Matthew Arnold, is a love poem, but is it mostly aboutsomething deeper than love.
He uses language that appeals to the senses, visualand auditory, it is overflowing with irony, and incredible amounts of illusion.But he still keeps that glimmer of hope in the back of his mind. He ties all ofthis together to write a poem about faithfulness and being true to each other.o