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This paper aims to explore the different ways that Matthew Arnold employs sounds of language in his dramatic monologue, “Dover Beach” to help capture the speaker’s confliction with the visceral serenity he feels when taking in the scene before him, and the overwhelming fear that the serenity leads him to feel in the face of modernity. Matthew Arnold utilizes sounds of language though onomatopoeia to aurally illustrate the scene taking place on the beach, varying meter to mimic the erratic size of the waves, and a rhyme scheme that mirrors the speaker’s inner struggle to find an identity in the face of a new world.

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