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Dover Beach

Dover Beach

by Matthew Arnold

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

(4) Base Camp

There are a few tricky images in this poem (like that bit about the "bright girdle" in line 23). Once you're over those, though, this should be an easy climb. Take it slow—sentence by sentence.

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