The Question and Answer section for Matthew Arnold: Poems is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Arguably Matthew Arnold's most famous poem, "Dover Beach" manages to comment on his most recurring themes despite its relatively short length. Its message - like that of many of his other poems - is that the world's mystery has declined in the...
I think this would be the sound of the pebbles in the waves which brings the speaker to think of Sophocles and ancient Greece.
Please check out Grtadesaver's summary analysis for a detailed look at the comparison to Sophocles' experience on the Aegan Sea. The necessary link can be found at the top of the page.