what poem does he read how does it tie into the novel? why would bradbury choose this poem out of thousands of poems?
he chooses it for a reason. he chooses it to "secretly" tell the reader a bit of information. Its when montag reads a poem to his wifes friends
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I'm assuming you're reading Farenheit 451. If that's correct, the poem read is Dover Beach by Englishman Matthew Arnold (1822-1888.) In it Arnold conveys his own sense of isolation, bemoaning an age when religion held the correct answers and anchored Mankind in place. In his own time, during the Victorian Age, religion as a cohesive social force had begun to wane -- which leaves him feeling adrift without the sure answers and resulting comfort religion had provided. Montag uses the poem as a criticism of the dystopia he lives in; he has begun to see the flaws in the culture and wishes it wasn't so.
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