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Dover Beach – Analysis

The Victorian period witnessed the tumultuous shock of Darwin and Lamarck’s scientific postulates which shook the strong foundations of the Christian world and put to doubt its revered theological dictates, plunging humanity into an abyss of disbelief and desperation without the anchorage of spiritual trust and conviction. It is at this juncture the poet Matthew Arnold communicates his religious dilemma and personal conflict of belief versus doubt through a beautiful analogy of the description of the Sea at Dover Beach. His famous poetic creation ‘Dover Beach’ is a reflection of the physical surroundings of the poet imbued with the deeper analysis of the loss of the concrete familiar structure of faith and a plea to his beloved to remain true…