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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

  • Rookie - 490 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.
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  • Rookie - 242 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

  • Gold Star - 7,907 Points Moira Cameron (3/20/2016 12:07:00 AM)

    The last verse is quite striking - captures the feeling of us vs the world. (Report) Reply

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  14. 14. Her Hair , James Whitcomb Riley
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  16. 16. When You Are Old , William Butler Yeats
  17. 17. Sonnet: Beauty Of Her Face , Dante Alighieri
  18. 18. The Wild Swans At Coole , William Butler Yeats
  19. 19. Sunset , George Charles Whitney
  20. 20. There Be None Of Beauty's Daughters , George Gordon Byron
  21. 21. Ah, Teneriffe! , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. Stars , Robert Frost
  23. 23. The Moon , Sappho
  24. 24. Beautiful Dreamer Serenade , Stephen C. Foster
  25. 25. Meeting At Night , Robert Browning
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  27. 27. Sunday Morning , Wallace Stevens
  28. 28. Youth And Beauty , William Carlos Williams
  29. 29. A Prayer For My Daughter , William Butler Yeats
  30. 30. The Beauty Of The Heart , Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
  31. 31. Snowy Owl Goddess , Diane Wakoski
  32. 32. To Helen , Edgar Allan Poe
  33. 33. Bad Day At The Beauty Salon , Maggie Estep
  34. 34. Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) , Anne Sexton
  35. 35. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs , Anne Sexton
  36. 36. From 'The Testament Of Beauty' , Robert Seymour Bridges
  37. 37. Beauty , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  38. 38. Flying At Night , Ted Kooser
  39. 39. Beauty Supply , Lee Ann Brown
  40. 40. A Lady , Amy Lowell
  41. 41. The Eye Of My Eye , Sri Chinmoy Ghose
  42. 42. This World Is Full Of Beauty , Gerald Massey

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