Dover Beach Metaphor Activity

by eNotes

  • Released February 11, 2020
  • Language Arts and Literature subjects
  • 8 pages
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Excerpt

This activity gives students an opportunity to practice examining and analyzing metaphors. Metaphors express images, emotions, actions, experiences, and nuances through direct and indirect comparisons, allowing readers to access deeper levels of meaning in the text. In this activity, students will classify and analyze different kinds of metaphors in order to develop close reading skills and draw inferences from the text.

The Victorian essayist and poet Matthew Arnold penned “Dover Beach,” his most enduring work, in 1851 and published it in 1867. Arnold wrote the poem while on his honeymoon with his wife and, indeed, the speaker of the poem addresses his “love” as he looks out over the shores of Dover. The poem contemplates the waning of religious faith in the rise of modernity, and Arnold employs metaphorical language to portray his vision of a desolate, unimaginable future.

Skills: analysis, drawing inferences from text, close reading, identifying the relationship between words

Learning Objectives:
In completing this activity, students will

  • examine metaphors in a text;
  • classify metaphors in a text as direct and indirect;
  • analyze metaphors by focusing on the two things being compared and interpreting how one of them is described through the comparison.

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Our eNotes Classroom Activities give students opportunities to practice developing a variety of skills. Whether analyzing literary devices or interpreting connotative language, students will work directly with the text. The main components of our classroom activities include the following:

  • A handout defining the literary elements under discussion, complete with examples
  • A step-by-step guide to activity procedure
  • An answer key or selected examples for reference, depending on the activity

In completing these classroom activities, students will be able to classify and analyze different literary elements, thereby developing close-reading skills and drawing deeper inferences from the text.