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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

  • Silver Star - 3,864 Points Samuel Segun Toluwalase (2/17/2017 9:23:00 AM)

    I love this write up and i am tempted to say that heart of Matthew wrote him. Fantastic poem (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 29,056 Points Tom Allport (1/4/2017 5:19:00 PM)

    having true love? nothing else matters. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 40 Points Olivia Ongai (12/27/2016 12:07:00 PM)

    I had to upload a revised recording because the first version was cut short, but here is my reading of Dover Beach:

    https: //youtu.be/ODK5S9Rfim4 (Report) Reply

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Poems About Beach

  1. 1. Dover Beach , Matthew Arnold
  2. 2. On The Beach At Night , Walt Whitman
  3. 3. Evening On Calais Beach , William Wordsworth
  4. 4. Down To The Beach , Sylvia Chidi
  5. 5. On The Beach At Night, Alone , Walt Whitman
  6. 6. I Saw From The Beach , Thomas Moore
  7. 7. Show It At The Beach , Shel Silverstein
  8. 8. Beach Glass , Amy Clampitt
  9. 9. Beach Burial , Kenneth Slessor
  10. 10. The Beach , Robert Graves
  11. 11. With Kit, Age 7, At The Beach , William Stafford
  12. 12. The Beach , Weldon Kees
  13. 13. On The Beach , Michael Williams
  14. 14. **a Beach, Lake, And Owl , David DeSantis
  15. 15. Beach , ONElia AVElar
  16. 16. Fragments From The Beach , Bill Knott
  17. 17. The Haunted Beach , Mary Darby Robinson
  18. 18. For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach , Anne Sexton
  19. 19. Angie's Beach (For Ask) , Scarlett Treat
  20. 20. Hampton Beach , John Greenleaf Whittier
  21. 21. Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent On Th.. , John Greenleaf Whittier
  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. Beach (A Tanka) , asma bahrainwala
  26. 26. Alone On A Beach , hazem al jaber
  27. 27. On The Beach At Fontana , James Joyce
  28. 28. (017) Kites Flying At The Beach , Risha Ahmed (12 yrs)
  29. 29. An Afternoon At The Beach , Edgar Bowers
  30. 30. Me, My Dog, And The Beach , Karen Curcio
  31. 31. Beach Chairs , joyce ebrecht
  32. 32. She Enjoys Long Walks On The Beach And.... , Ted Sheridan
  33. 33. Dover Beach, Revisited , Will Barber
  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. At The Beach , Khalid Icanttellyou
  41. 41. * .. , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  42. 42. A Day At The Beach , George Hunter
  43. 43. The Changeling ( From The Tent On The Be.. , John Greenleaf Whittier
  44. 44. The Beach , Mr. Bean
  45. 45. A Sandy Beach In April , David Harris
  46. 46. Beauty And The Beach , Faith Elizabeth Brigham
  47. 47. Love On The Beach , Arti Chopra
  48. 48. Nude Beach Rookie , Chuck Audette
  49. 49. A Jack Russell's Trip To The Beach , Micron
  50. 50. Dover Beach Revisited , Hannah Smith
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