Explication of a poem essay: 1000 words: This assignment is designed to allow the writer to completely explain a poem using the poetic devices found in the work, the lines and phrases, and the writerâ€™s overall impression of the work as evidenced by the poemâ€™s language.
Thesis: Arnoldâ€™s use of figurative language and imagery helps to convey his theme of a world gone mad.
TS1- â€œDover Beachâ€ discusses the moral decline of society and natureâ€™s reaction to it.
Sea of Faith that protected the earth, Now it is withdrawing
Sophocles â€œlong ago/Heard it in the Aegean, and brought into â€¦â€
â€œhath really neither joy, nor loveâ€¦â€
the only people you can count on are the ones closest to you
TS2- This moral decay is described through Arnoldâ€™s use of figurative language.
Simileâ€”â€œlay like the foldsâ€¦â€
â€œto lie before like a land of dreamsâ€
â€œAnd we are here as on a darkling plainâ€
â€œbreath of the windâ€
â€œSea of Faithâ€
â€œsea is calmâ€
â€œmoon lies fairâ€
TS3- Not only does Arnold use figurative language, but he also uses imagery to prove his
overall theme of the world gone mad.
Imagery is language that appeals to the senses.
â€œListen! You hear the grating roar of pebblesâ€ (sound)
â€œtremulous cadenceâ€ (sound)
â€œBreath of the night windâ€ (touch)
Discuss the view as the writer sees it. (sight)
â€œsweet is the night airâ€ (smell)
Perhaps talk about the general saltiness of the air (taste)