At first, standing on the cliffs of Dover Beach, he records his feelings about the tranquil sea.
Browse by Poem. People have lost their faith in God. In the first part, Arnold speaks of the resonances of sea-waves on the pebbly shore.
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. He said of poetry: 'More and more mankind will discover that we have to turn to poetry to interpret life for us, to console us, to sustain us.
The author of this article, Dr Oliver Tearle, is a literary critic and lecturer in English at Loughborough University. Anyway, back to Arnold at that window, gazing out with his beloved at Dover beach and analysing the scene. Some of his work such as Essay Criticism in contains his lectures in Oxford.
Ah, love, let us be true To one another! The Sea of Faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl'd.