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Tone in Dover Beach and Selected Poems

Tone Examples in Dover Beach and Selected Poems:

Dover Beach

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"The sea is calm..."   (Dover Beach)

Each stanza of “Dover Beach” begins with a line of trimeter, a metrical effect that stands out from the pentameter that defines most of the poem’s lines. In this first case, the shortened trimeter conveys the content and tone of the line. The calmness of the sea is aptly conveyed with simplicity, concision, and an ensuing pause.

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