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 Who is the speaker in "Dover Beach?"

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The speaker in Arnold's "Dover Beach" does not identify himself in any way. It might be assumed that the voice is that of Arnold himself. Certainly, we can infer from what is said that this person is someone concerned for the future of his country now that the "Sea of Faith" has begun to ebb away. He is someone who feels confused, shaken, and unsure of which way to turn, certain only that humanity and its inherent "melancholy" has been much the same since the days of the Ancient Greeks.

We know that the speaker is not alone in this world — he is in love, and he addresses this love in the final stanza of the poem. He expresses a wish that he and his lover should be "true" to one another as a means of...

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