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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 the moonlight shining so intensely on the land Then he states how the moonlight gleams and is gone because the cliffs of England are standing at their highest peaks which are blocking the light of the moon Next the waves come roaring into the picture as they draw back and fling the pebbles onto the shore and back out to sea again Arnold also mentions that the shore brings the eternal note of sadness in maybe representing the cycles of life and repetition Arnold then starts describing the history of Sophocles idea of the Aegeans turbid ebb and flow The sea is starting to become rougher and all agitated Also the mention of human misery implies that life begins and ends but it can still be full of happiness and unfortunately at the same time sadness The Sea of Faith was once too at the full and round earths shore The
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