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  • First published in 1867, “Dover Beach” is a lyric poem by the English poet Matthew Arnold. It is likely that Arnold wrote the poem between 1849 and 1851. The title, locale and subject of the poem’s descriptive opening lines is the shore of the English ferry port of Dover, Kent, facing Calais, France, at the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the English Channel, where Arnold honeymooned in 1851. In the poem, Arnold employs imagery of the sea, the rolling and roar of the waves upon the shore; combined with allusions to Ancient Greek figures and history, as a metaphor for the retreat and loss of Christian faith as the modern, industrial age encroaches on society.

    First published in 1867, “Dover Beach” is a lyric poem by the English poet Matthew Arnold. It is likely that Arnold wrote the poem between 1849 and 1851. The title, locale and subject of the poem’s descriptive opening lines is the shore of the English ferry port of Dover, Kent, facing Calais, France, at the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the English Channel, where Arnold honeymooned in 1851. In the poem, Arnold employs imagery of the sea, the rolling and roar of the waves upon the shore; combined with allusions to Ancient Greek figures and history, as a metaphor for the retreat and loss of Christian faith as the modern, industrial age encroaches on society.

  • A poem by Matthew Arnold set to music and sung by Samuel Barber (1910-1981) along with the Curtis String Quartet. Composed in 1931; recorded in 1937. Barber was the nephew of the famous contralto Louise Homer which accounts for his interest in vocal music. He had a beautiful baritone voice. He was probably the most melodic/Romantic of the American 20th century composers.
    He began a complex but life long relationship with Gian Carlo Mentotti (1911-2007) at the age of 18. They were complete opposites. For an extensive discussion of Barber and his works go to Google, type in "Samuel Barber Dover Beach" and click on the 4th entry (at Schirmer dot com). Someone thought enough of this record to type out the entire poem and place in the record sleeve of my copy.

    First published in 1867, “Dover Beach” is a lyric poem by the English poet Matthew Arnold. It is likely that Arnold wrote the poem between 1849 and 1851. The title, locale and subject of the poem’s descriptive opening lines is the shore of the English ferry port of Dover, Kent, facing Calais, France, at the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the English Channel, where Arnold honeymooned in 1851. In the poem, Arnold employs imagery of the sea, the rolling and roar of the waves upon the shore; combined with allusions to Ancient Greek figures and history, as a metaphor for the retreat and loss of Christian faith as the modern, industrial age encroaches on society.

    Matthew Arnold (1822–88).  The Poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840–1867.  1909.
     
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  • If your birthday occurs between July and December, you will be analyzing the Matthew Arnold poem “Dover Beach.” Using the TPCASTT strategy may be a helpful way to discern meaning within the poem. Ultimately, you will need to create and support an AP-style statement with information gleaned from the poem itself. Your AP statement should read as follows:

Dover Beach (England): Top Tips Before You Go - TripAdvisor

The best part about Dover Beach is the setting. Strolling on the beach, we could see the white cliffs in the distance, the parade, ships arriving in the harbor, seagulls....well, you get the point....it's very nice.