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Write about the author's religious love or feeling in "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold.

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In general, Matthew Arnold was not a believer in the power of religious faith.  He actually felt that religion was a non-entity in the world around him, and as a result, mankind was rather lost, and adrift in the world, because they didn't have a unifying force to bring them together, as religion used to do.  He felt that religion wasn't too practical in their world, but that people did need SOMETHING to help them to unite and have a common purpose and goal.  In "Dover Beach ," the only flare of hope or light that we get is in the last stanza where he implores his love "to be true to one another."  He seems to be indicating that in a world devoid of faith (something he says is "withdrawing" and "retreating," leaving the world exposed and "naked"),...

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