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Beach Burial

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Introduction

Beach Burial Beach Burial says only that men die and are buried. Is this a fair evaluation of the poem? Beach Burial is a poem which deals with many issues, not only about men dying and being buried. This is by no means a fair evaluation of the poem. The poem in actual fact deals with the problems in war, and it encases a hidden meaning, which is equality. This poem dwells heavily on the problems in war. It describes how high the death toll is for both sides. ...read more.

Middle

"Unknown seaman" is written upon the stakes. This is to show that the families of the sailors will never know where their sons were buried. The sailors that have died for their county are not given the honourable and noble burial that they deserved. Instead, they are buried on foreign ground, with a piece of "tide-wood" for a tombstone that doesn't even mention their name. In the lines "the ghostly pencil wavers and fades, the purple drips, the breath of the wet season has washed their inscription" we learn that even the knowledge that the dead seamen served their country will also be lost. ...read more.

Conclusion

The bodies were floating alongside enemies and allies, yet from the beginning of the poem they were made equal in death. This can be seen when Slessor describes their movements and feelings to be the same. The use of the word convoy further emphasises equality, as a convoy is a group related in a common way travelling together. This shows that the "convoy of dead soldiers" are all equals. In conclusion, Beach Burial is a poem which deals with many issues, not just men dying and being buried. Saying that it is only about men dying and being buried is a very unfair evaluation. ...read more.

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