It is often said that the lines of the poem Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold resemble the waves that wash back and forth over the shore, or are the shapes of the cliffs. Personally, I do not agree with this idea, yes I know it's poetry and you can always analyze the hell out of poetry, but I believe that the lines resemble that of many other poems if you haven't noticed. Most poems look wavy on one side and straight on the other. So I do not believe that teachers should teach that the lines were meant to represent the cliffs or waves, I just believe that teachers should allow the students to interpret what they think they are.