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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 writer’s overall impression of the work as evidenced by the poem’s language. Example Thesis: Arnold’s use of figurative language and imagery helps to convey his theme of a world gone mad. TS1- “Dover Beach” discusses the moral decline of society and nature’s reaction to it. Sea of Faith that protected the earth, Now it is withdrawing Sophocles “long ago/Heard it in the Aegean, and brought into …” “hath really neither joy, nor love…” the only people you can count on are the ones closest to you TS2- This moral decay is described through Arnold’s use of figurative language. Simile—“lay like the folds…” ‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ “to lie before like a land of dreams” “And we are here as on a darkling plain” Personification— “breath of the wind” “Sea of Faith” “sea is calm” “moon lies fair” “tranquil bay” Allusion— “Sophocles” 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. “Listen! You hear the grating roar of pebbles” (sound) “tremulous cadence” (sound) “Breath of the night wind” (touch) Discuss the view as the writer sees it. (sight) “sweet is ‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍the night air” (smell) Perhaps talk about the general saltiness of the air (taste)

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