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Slide 1 - Dover Beach By Matthew Arnold PRESENTATION by Mohit Sharma 06D04012 Second-year Undergraduate Department of Civil Engineering Ashwath Kirthyvasan 06D01020 Second-year Undergraduate Department of Aerospace Engineering
Slide 2 - Dover Beach The sea is calm to-night. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; —on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. Come to the window, sweet is the night-air! Only, from the long line of spray Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land, Listen! you hear the grating roar Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling, At their return, up the high strand, Begin, and cease, and then again begin, With tremulous cadence slow, and bring The eternal note of sadness in. Sophocles long ago Heard it on the Aegean, and it brought Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow Of human misery; we Find also in the sound a thought, Hearing it by this distant northern sea. The Sea of Faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled. But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating, to the breath Of the night wind, down the vast edges drear And naked shingles of the world. Ah, love, let us be true To one another! for the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.
Slide 3 - Theme of the Poem The underlying theme of the poem is the hollowness of human lives, how everything looks beautiful at face value but is far from it in reality The superficial calm prevailing in the world is brought out
Slide 4 - Comments Unequal lengths of lines Sophocles was a Greek tragedian (Oedipus complex in Freudian theory comes from there) The “different” rhythm to the poem(2nd stanza) the poet insists on completing his sentences The comparison with Sophocles by the Aegean Sea “Come to the window..”-Dramatic Monologue
Slide 5 - Comments(contd.) The Contrast present in every stanza A reference to the French revolution-false dawn with Napoleon winning but then resorting to dictatorship The beginning to the poem is somewhat pleasant and hence deceptive The comparison to the armies fighting by night in the fourth stanza, stands for indistinguishability between friend and foe
Slide 6 - Comments(contd.) The Sea of Faith receding refers to the changing world where religion is losing its importance “Naked Shingles” refers to the unprotected masses The repetition of “nor”- stress on negativity
Slide 7 - The End