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One of the most noted English poets of the 19th Century Victorian era is Matthew Arnold 1822-1888 Arnolds style of writing consists of writing exactly how he feels rather than writing about what the readers want to hear Analyzing Arnolds works shows a sorrowful serious and desolate mood throughout his writings Literary elements such as imagery setting irony allusion and repetition are used to create the lonesome and pessimistic moods of three of Arnolds poems Requiescat 1853 Isolation To Marguerite 1857 and Dover Beach 1867 Arnold uses imagery to create the mood of one of his early poems titled Requiescat The poem is about the death of a woman who the poet admired and held strong feelings towards The opening lines of Requiescat describe the woman with Strew on her roses roses and never a spray of yew The image of roses is often associated with purity and affection The emphasis of roses twice reveals to the reader that the narrator had a special relationship with the woman possibly a lover This creates a compassionate and loving mood for the woman However by having the roses scattered over her body evokes an image of confusion and anger over her death The yew an evergreen tree with dark leaves creates an image of cruelty or darkness while the roses create an image of beauty and grace The last few lines of the first stanza describe how the woman reposes into the casket and how the narrator would like to die as well saying would that I did too This image evokes a sad and desolate mood The narrator is alone and cannot bear living a life without her Arnold continues to create the mood of the poem by describing the dead woman in the second stanza The narrator describes the woman as someone who bathed in the world with smiles of glee The word bathed emphasizes the purity of the woman and how she lit
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