The beginning of the poem instills both the physical and mental awareness of the speaker, a person engrossed with the sensory imagery displaced before them. In the first few lines of the poem, the visual imagery suggests a feeling of calamity and serenity with phrases like “The sea is calm to-night.” “The tide is full, the moon lies fair” and “o...
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...ming, emotionless world. With this change, Arnold states, that there will be “confused alarms of struggle and flight”. Without harmony, and the basic human values, Arnold is saying that the human race will no longer sustain and sooner or later become extinct.
Arnold exhibits the imperfections of modernism in his poem. These flaws expressed by Arnold will unavoidably lead to complete loss of faith.
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