Reading Responses to a Poem
Select one poem from this week’s assigned readings, and identify at least three elements in the poem that you found interesting or engaging (e.g., form, language, content, and/or other literary elements).
Then, assess how these elements affected your response to the poem, in its entirety.
(e.g., Did these elements affect your opinions on (or reaction to) the content of the poem? Did they cause you to focus on one aspect of the poem over others?)
Assignment Requirements
•Length: Your paper should be two to four double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference page)
•Sources: Support your reflections with textual details and analysis from at least two scholarly sources.
•APA: Your draft must be formatted to APA (6th edition) style. ◦Separate Title Page: Must include an original title
◦Separate Reference Page
◦Proper Citations: All sources must be properly cited, both within the text and in a separate reference page.
•Elements of Academic Writing: All academic papers should include these elements. ◦Introduction with a thesis statement
◦Supporting paragraphs
◦Conclusion
The paper must be two to four pages in length (excluding the title and reference page), and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least two scholarly resources (at least one of which can be found in the Ashford Online Library) other than the textbook to support your claims and subclaims. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar, in your online course.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.Dover Beach
Matthew Arnold (1867)
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,
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Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Sounds of the incoming waves; succession of sounds
Listen! you hear the grating roar
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Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
Cadence: rhythm, modulation of sounds
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.
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Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Ægæn, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
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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
“Roaring” sound (onomatopoeia)
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Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.
Ah, love, let us be true
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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;
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And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.




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