Hope is pathetic. Analysis of poem "Dover Beach" Matthew Arnold

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        In the poem Dover Beach, the poet uses conflicting imagery to give meaning to the poem. The differences in the way that the poet sees the relationship between the beach and the sea and the way that most people would see it become more pronounced as the poem develops. He also uses the change in attitude from the first stanza to the last to emphasize his message.         The poem starts with the normal image one …

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…meaning of the poem. The change in attitude toward the sea and beach that takes place between the beginning of the poem and the end of the poem is dramatic. It is this change in attitude that allows the reader to decipher the meaning of the poem. All in all a little bit of a depressing poem; the idea that suffering is eternal just as the sea is eternal is a powerful but depressing image.