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Dover Beach/ Fahrenheit 451
Transcript of Dover Beach/ Fahrenheit 451
Arnold, Matthew. “Dover Beach.” Poetry X. Ed. Jough Dempsey. 16 Jun 2003. 10 Dec. 2012 <http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/18/>.
The sea is calm tonight,
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 lone of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched 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 Agean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find it 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 furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night wind and 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. In the poem, “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold, and the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the authors use a motif of inconsistency to demonstrate that while happiness and light are not eternal, neither are pain and misery. These lines from the poem introduce this motif: “Begin, and cease, and then again begin, /With tremulous cadence slow, and bring /The eternal note of sadness in” (ln. 12-14). This describes the rhythm of the waves coming in and out, hypnotically, yet also somber. This is evocative of Montag’s life before meeting Clarisse. His daily routine was not remarkable in any way, and like the other citizens of the society, he is slowly becoming depressed. However, the poem shifts to a more positive mood and tone. “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” (ln. 29-32). This portion of the poem indicates the speaker is more joyful, and may have realized some newfound good. This corresponds to Montag’s attitude when he discovers books. His outlook on life changes, and he begins to truly enjoy life again. At first the novel and poem do not seem related, their core values are very similar- while life may not be going as planned, it will always take a turn for the better (and unfortunately, sometimes the other way around). Works Cited "Dover Beach" and Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Carmen Greiner I had a few issues with using Prezi- I couldn't do a hanging indent, or properly underline Fahrenheit 451 Carmen Greiner