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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 - 900 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 - 7,873 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. Evening On Calais Beach , William Wordsworth
  3. 3. On The Beach At Night , Walt Whitman
  4. 4. On The Beach At Night, Alone , Walt Whitman
  5. 5. I Saw From The Beach , Thomas Moore
  6. 6. Show It At The Beach , Shel Silverstein
  7. 7. The Beach , Robert Graves
  8. 8. With Kit, Age 7, At The Beach , William Stafford
  9. 9. Beach Glass , Amy Clampitt
  10. 10. The Beach , Weldon Kees
  11. 11. On The Beach , Michael Williams
  12. 12. Fragments From The Beach , Bill Knott
  13. 13. Beach Burial , Kenneth Slessor
  14. 14. Down To The Beach , Sylvia Chidi
  15. 15. The Haunted Beach , Mary Darby Robinson
  16. 16. Hampton Beach , John Greenleaf Whittier
  17. 17. For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach , Anne Sexton
  18. 18. Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent On Th.. , John Greenleaf Whittier
  19. 19. I Am The Beach... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  20. 20. On The Beach At Fontana , James Joyce
  21. 21. An Afternoon At The Beach , Edgar Bowers
  22. 22. Memories Of The Beach , David Taylor
  23. 23. Beach , ONElia AVElar
  24. 24. Me, My Dog, And The Beach , Karen Curcio
  25. 25. My Garden—like The Beach , Emily Dickinson
  26. 26. Alone On A Beach , hazem al jaber
  27. 27. **a Beach, Lake, And Owl , David DeSantis
  28. 28. * .. , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  29. 29. (017) Kites Flying At The Beach , Risha Ahmed (12 yrs)
  30. 30. Beach Chairs , joyce ebrecht
  31. 31. Angie's Beach (For Ask) , Scarlett Treat
  32. 32. Private Beach , Jane Kenyon
  33. 33. The Changeling ( From The Tent On The Be.. , John Greenleaf Whittier
  34. 34. The Beach , Mr. Bean
  35. 35. At The Beach, Summer Dusk (2 Haiku) , Ben Gieske
  36. 36. At The Beach , Khalid Icanttellyou
  37. 37. Beach Of Dreams , David Harris
  38. 38. Beach (A Tanka) , asma bahrainwala
  39. 39. Dover Beach Revisited , Hannah Smith
  40. 40. Love On The Beach , Arti Chopra
  41. 41. Beach, Beach , gajanan mishra
  42. 42. Beach , shiny shine
  43. 43. A Day At The Pink Beach , MARINA GIPPS
  44. 44. My Sunset On The Beach , The Devil From Hell
  45. 45. A Time At The Beach , Donna Nimmo
  46. 46. She Enjoys Long Walks On The Beach And.... , Ted Sheridan
  47. 47. Negril Beach , Raluca Rodica Ratiu
  48. 48. A Sandy Beach In April , David Harris
  49. 49. Dover Beach...... Mathew Arnold , Laxmi Gaonkar
  50. 50. *** On The Beach , rinki nandy
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