Dover Beach eNotes Teaching Guide

by Tessie Barbosa

  • Released October 09, 2019
  • Language Arts and Literature subjects
  • 10 pages
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This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of Matthew Arnold’s "Dover Beach" before you begin teaching. As you guide your students through the text, they will gain unique insight into the form of the lyric poem; the styles and concerns of Matthew Arnold; and important themes surrounding religion, human suffering, and the social and intellectual changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution.


Our eNotes Teaching Guides have been designed to help first-time and veteran teachers open up classic works of literature for their students. Each guide provides creative and practical approaches to teaching the text, as well as rich background information, key plot points, and recommended texts.

The main components of each guide include the following:

  • An overview of the text and its key components
  • Teaching approaches and discussion questions
  • A list of complementary texts

These Teaching Guides offer valuable context and promote meaningful discussions about novels, plays, poems, and stories that have captivated English Language Arts students for generations. Each guide is comprehensive and concise, thought-provoking and practical.