SUMMARY AND CRITICAL APPRECIATION OF DOVER BEACH BY ARNOLD MATTHEW
There are constant sound and motions that begins and stops and begins again. The trembling rhythm seems to symbolize some kind of unending somehow. Harking back to the remote past the poet says that this ‘grating roar’ was heard by Sophocles also and it induced in his mind some of the misery in human life which is reflected in his tragedies. Thus, the sound of ebb and flow evokes similar thoughts both in Sophocles and Arnold and his life.
The poet broods over the spiritual decline that has played human life are the present situations. With the help of images, the poet talks of religious faith which helped support mankind. But it has gone from life, people have lost faith in the religion which has withdrawn from everywhere like the receding wave waking us wide open to the grief and sorrow of life. The loss of religious faith has made it difficult to believe that the universe was to some extent adjusted to human needs.
In this moment of despair and hopelessness, it is love through which man can discover some value in life. It can give solace to the crying soul. Because the world can not offer either joy, love, hope, or certainly despite its varied beauty. People can have no peace and continue to suffer pain. From the sea image of a field with a battle continuing in the dark where it is not clear who is the friend and who is the enemy and why they are fighting at all. Without religious faith, the world is like a chaotic battlefield in the dark where people ignorant of their friends and foes are engaged in a clash.