by Matthew Arnold
Dover Beach Resources
If you want to know more about Arnold's life and his other poems, this essay is a great place to start.
Check out this super handy site, jam-packed with good information on Arnold, who was one of the major writers of the Victorian age.
Some computer genius has made a bunch of these videos, turning a still photo into a kind of talking picture. We sort of can't get enough of them, even though they totally weird us out, too.
A full video of one of Sophocles' great plays. Epic masks, right?
Apparently the composer Samuel Barber set the poem to music. The effect is a little strange, but it makes a fun change.
It's always a good idea to listen to a poem read out loud. We always feel like we understand a poem better when it's well read, as it is here.
One word: MUTTONCHOPS.
This painting of Arnold is by the painter George Frederick Watts. We think it captures his bummer essence.