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Analysis on Mood of Dover Beach Dover Beach is a melancholic poem Matthew Arnold the author uses the means of pathetic fallacy when he attributes or rather projects the human feeling of sadness onto an inanimate object like the sea At the same time he creates a feeling of pathos The reader can feel sympathy for the suffering lyrical self who suffers under the existing conditions Dover Beach leads up to an eventual climax with the light gleams and is gone The first two lines are portraying what can be seen The last line emphasizes that the light is not there that it cannot be seen any longer but is gone and leaves nothing but darkness behind In a metaphorical sense of the word not only the light is gone but also certainty The darkness makes it hard to define both ones own and somebody elses position and one can never be certain that the light will ever return A repetition of neithernor in stanza 4 underlines a series of denials neither joy nor love nor light Nor certitude nor peace nor help for pain l 33-34 All these are basic human values If none of these do truly exist this raises the question of what remains at all With these lines Matthew Arnold draws a very bleak and nihilistic view of the world he is living in Dover Beach begins with a very peaceful serenity and then leads up to a horrible ending stating how painful life and love really are Personifying the sea Arnold uses human sadness to portray his depressing life He accentuates a world with a series of denials which doesnt contain any basic human values They have all disappeared along with the light and religion leaving humanity in darkness
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