Dover Beach

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,

by Matthew Arnold Click to read full poem

Comments (60)

Wonderful poetry for the beach. Thank you Matthew.
A deeply haunting and incredibly strange poem. A love poem that denies love. It's unstable like the beach.
I have loved this poem since childhood, about 75 years. It and I resonate....I am now 85. Egad! 28/10/2018
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I think the poem expresses beautifully Arnold’s concern about the decline of religious faith in his time and his fear for humanity as a result. He’s suggesting that without faith “we are here as on a darkling plain, swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, where ignorant armies clash by night.”
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I love this write up and i am tempted to say that heart of Matthew wrote him. Fantastic poem
having true love? nothing else matters.
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
One of the wonderful, meaningful, excellent weitten piece of literature, readin any one must be charmed instantly
That was really good and beautiful well written
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
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
The last verse is quite striking - captures the feeling of us vs the world.
The turbid ebb and flow! With the muse of nature. Thanks for sharing.
Sea is calm, ebb and flow of waves denoting the struggle and flight of human army at night in confusion says the poem about human difficulty going on with dreams of a better tomorrow that the scene of Dover beach shows now!
Amazing flow of the poem has enhances it's captivating capacity. Narration of the beach and it's surroundings is superb as also the style of unfolding of the story in the poem. Thanks for sharing here.