One of my favourites poems is Dover Beach.
I read it first at school when I was fifteen.
It seemed a fine thing to have written –
evocative, erudite, sonorous,
personal. Matthew Arnold, the advocate
of ‘sweetness and light’, honeymooned abroad
the year of the Great Exhibition.
Returning to England they stayed the night
at the Lord Warden Hotel – before taking
the train to London – no doubt to recover
from the paddle steamer that ferried them
across the English Channel,