How can life or anything be so wonderful, but at times seem
so unbearable? This is a question that Matthew Arnold may
have asked himself one day, while writing "Dover Beach".
This is a poem about a sea and a beach that is truly beautiful,
but hold much deeper meaning than what meets the eye. The
poem is written in free verse with no particular meter or
rhyme scheme, although some of the words do rhyme.
Arnold is the speaker speaking to someone he loves. As the
poem progresses, the reader sees why Arnold poses the
question stated above, and why life seems to be the way it
is. During the first part of the poem Arnold states, "The Sea
is calm tonight" and in line 7, "Only, from the long line of
spray". In this way, Arnold is setting the mood or scene so
the reader can understand the point he is trying to portray. In
lines 1-6 he is talking about a very peaceful night on the ever
so calm sea, with ...