Dover Beach Poem Analysis

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1. The speaker's tone will change in a few ways in the first stanza of the poem "Dover Beach." The first change will come when the poem shifts from a third person’s view concerning the scenery in the first ‘five’ lines to directly addressing a listener. “Come to the window, sweet is the night-air! ... Listen! you hear” ...
The tone of the beginning of the stanza is peaceful an calm, and uses words like "tranquil," "calm," and "sweet", the scene is described as "fair".
In the second part of the stanza, the tone is more depressed and more inconsistent. For example: ...“you hear the grating roar of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling, at their return”...
The words "grating roar" is not a calm or peaceful sound anymore, it indicates the image that
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Industrialization transformed the lives of so many people whose livelihoods were “before this time” immersed in tradition. The new advances certainly challenged traditional religious beliefs. With the foundations of a religious life modified, the world which the poet has known is now very strange. It lacks harmony and meaning without a "Sea of Faith."
In the speakers final stanza that all he and his new wife can do is "be true" to each other in their love.

3. In "Dover Beach," sound is a central element. The speaker uses much imagery of sound as well as rhythm to create great effect in the poem. In the first stanza, he uses personification. Line 9 – 10 “Listen! you hear the grating roar of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling.” Pebbles cannot roar, but people can and they do.
In line 12 the speaker uses rhythm to give the feel of the rhythm of the waves as they hit the beach. “Begin, and cease, and then again begin.” He also uses commas to separate the words to mimic the waves. In line 13 – 14 music comes to play, where he uses the words “cadence” and “note.” “With tremulous cadence slow, and bring the eternal note of sadness

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