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Dover Beach - Poem by Matthew Arnold

The sea is calm to-night.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; - on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanch'd land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.

Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the {AE}gean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea.

The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl'd.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

Comments about Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold

  • Freshman - 585 Points Jeanie Leyba (7/4/2016 4:25:00 AM)

    That was really good and beautiful well written (Report) Reply

    3 person liked.
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  • Freshman - 652 Points John Maxwell (5/23/2016 2:25:00 PM)

    Dover Beach is a downright insight into the Bards of old, an you my friend are just one
    of them. Great write and I like your sentence structure.
    John Maxwell (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 288 Points Reshma Elza Ulahannan (3/27/2016 2:54:00 AM)

    The Sea of Faith
    Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
    Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl'd.
    But now I only hear
    Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
    my favourite lines
    very good poem on beautiful the topic
    Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
    Retreating, to the breath (Report) Reply

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Poems About Beach

  1. 1. Dover Beach , Matthew Arnold
  2. 2. Evening On Calais Beach , William Wordsworth
  3. 3. On The Beach At Night , Walt Whitman
  4. 4. Down To The Beach , Sylvia Chidi
  5. 5. I Saw From The Beach , Thomas Moore
  6. 6. On The Beach At Night, Alone , Walt Whitman
  7. 7. Beach , ONElia AVElar
  8. 8. With Kit, Age 7, At The Beach , William Stafford
  9. 9. Beach Glass , Amy Clampitt
  10. 10. Show It At The Beach , Shel Silverstein
  11. 11. The Beach , Robert Graves
  12. 12. The Beach , Weldon Kees
  13. 13. On The Beach , Michael Williams
  14. 14. **a Beach, Lake, And Owl , David DeSantis
  15. 15. Fragments From The Beach , Bill Knott
  16. 16. The Haunted Beach , Mary Darby Robinson
  17. 17. Hampton Beach , John Greenleaf Whittier
  18. 18. For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach , Anne Sexton
  19. 19. Angie's Beach (For Ask) , Scarlett Treat
  20. 20. Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent On Th.. , John Greenleaf Whittier
  21. 21. An Afternoon At The Beach , Edgar Bowers
  22. 22. I Am The Beach... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  23. 23. Beach , shiny shine
  24. 24. Memories Of The Beach , David Taylor
  25. 25. Alone On A Beach , hazem al jaber
  26. 26. (017) Kites Flying At The Beach , Risha Ahmed (12 yrs)
  27. 27. Beach (A Tanka) , asma bahrainwala
  28. 28. On The Beach At Fontana , James Joyce
  29. 29. Me, My Dog, And The Beach , Karen Curcio
  30. 30. Beach Chairs , joyce ebrecht
  31. 31. She Enjoys Long Walks On The Beach And.... , Ted Sheridan
  32. 32. Dover Beach, Revisited , Will Barber
  33. 33. * .. , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  34. 34. Beach Cleanup , Chuck Audette
  35. 35. My Garden—like The Beach , Emily Dickinson
  36. 36. Beach Of Dreams , David Harris
  37. 37. A Time At The Beach , Donna Nimmo
  38. 38. A Day At The Pink Beach , MARINA GIPPS
  39. 39. *** On The Beach , rinki nandy
  40. 40. Private Beach , Jane Kenyon
  41. 41. At The Beach , Khalid Icanttellyou
  42. 42. The Changeling ( From The Tent On The Be.. , John Greenleaf Whittier
  43. 43. The Beach , Mr. Bean
  44. 44. A Sandy Beach In April , David Harris
  45. 45. At The Beach, Summer Dusk (2 Haiku) , Ben Gieske
  46. 46. Beauty And The Beach , Faith Elizabeth Brigham
  47. 47. Nude Beach Rookie , Chuck Audette
  48. 48. A Jack Russell's Trip To The Beach , Micron
  49. 49. Dover Beach Revisited , Hannah Smith
  50. 50. A Plover On The Beach , Michael Pruchnicki
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