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How does the poem, "Dover Beach," link to the theme of isolation?

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In the first stanza of "Dover Beach," the speaker watches a lighthouse on the French coast. The light "Gleams and is gone" and the disappearance of the blinking light symbolizes a feeling of darkness and isolation. This loss of light can be interpreted as a metaphor for the loss of a guiding light in the world. 

After describing the sound of suffering between the pebbles and the waves and as the speaker understands the...

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