Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Slessor relies on imagery to depict the scene on the beach. Slessor has successfully conveyed his purpose to create a high depth of sympathy and pity for the soldiers who have washed up to the shore after being killed in action or died during the voyage at sea. The two poems are very similar, yet very different, in meaning and tone, through their subjects, themes, techniques and structure. He prefers chiselled stone to the disorganization of grass. The idea of human experience being inherently a prison is further evoked through the imagery of incarceration.
Through the living conditions and stress positioned upon Slessor his experiences have influenced his poetry to create this masterpiece. Due to Slessor's observations of the war at close quarters he soon learnt about the horrific horrors of war. We also meditate for what has happened to the men and what really happens after death at war. His influential language brings out our emotions and he attempts for us to relive the moments and memories of our loved ones who have passed away. I realised that even though Slessor's Beach Burial doesn t ramble on about the Australian lifestyles and the Australian landscapes, It is a poem solely based on the importance of national identity heck it doesn t even mention the word Australia in it! This influenced him to write poems about the horrific war stories that he had seen while being in many countries overseas. Themes used throughout the poem include- death unites enemies, the compassion of people who bury the dead and soldiers losing their identity during the war.
Slessor lauds the compassionate action of those who find time to bury the unidentified fatalities with some dignity. The nature of the other front is up to debate but my take involves the path to eternity. The sailors are dead and there are lots of them. And each cross, the driven stake of tide-wood, bears the last signature of man. He challenges our assumptions about city life and invites us to reflect personally on images that we may previously have negative associations with.
This specific sentence also supports the theme of there being a boat crash and, as a result, practically all of the soldiers died. Slessor wants the responder to recognize this fact. In the last stanza, it is brought to the attention of the reader that the dead sailors that have been described in this poem have been from both sides of the war. Here memory is questioned — how could something so different become so blurred; almost melting into the same thing? It is ironic that these men, so proud and patriotic of their national identity, have lost not only the record of which country they were serving but also their own identity. In doing so he brings us a strong, evocative subjective experience of war that can allow us to consider the futility of conflict that costs human life. The grapes are described as being misplaced, like the girl herself, existing in the peripheral of society; shunned and outlawed.
We also meditate for what has happened to the men and what really happens after death at war. When we think of sobbing, we think of a heavy muffled noise but there is also the connotation of some one crying. It seems to describe his desperation to end fighting and to move to a more peaceful and united era by preventing the waste of lives in pointless wars. The imagery turns darker, untamed and cannibalistic — the grapes are described with animalistic characteristics; furry and rather threatening. Ergeben und sanft zum Golf der Araber Kommen die Konvois der toten Matrosen; Nachts irren sie schwankend im Wasser tief unten, Doch der Morgen läßt sie im Schaum rollen. As shown 'Between the sob and clubbing of the gunfire'. Beach Burial Softly and humbly to the Gulf of Arabs The convoys of dead sailors come; At night they sway and wander in the waters far under, But morning rolls them in the foam.
Are you shouting at me, dead man, squeezing your face In agonies of speech on speechless panes? But literary respite, like time spent away from the trenches, is only temporary. Instead, the poem consists of the opposite: death and sorrow. He urges us to see the world differently by not retreating from the ugly, the sordid and the unpleasant but rather to acknowledge that it exists. Slessor's first volume of poetry, Thief of the Moon, was published in 1924. Football Studies Volume 2, Issue 2. The 2nd and 3rd stanzas go on to explain the mass burials of soldiers — no longer individuals, or enemies fighting one another.
This gives an indication they have long been used to burying the dead. The Moment is then presented by Slessor as an opposing force to time. Slessor also dehumanizes some of these sailors to exemplify his statement about the number of losses faced in eyes of the enemy. Slessor has used rhyme in his poem to create an intense emotional reaction to the audience. It also portrays the dead soldiers to be helpless and lost because of how they are not in control of anything. It breaks the conventional war poem structure, as it is not a celebration of heroes, and shows no nationalistic or patriotic devotion. Kenneth Slessor has used imagery and various poetic techniques to establish his purpose to the audience in his poem Beach Burial.
His influential language brings out our emotions and he attempts for us to relive the moments and memories of our loved ones who have passed away. As the poem continues we build up pity causing us to think and even shed a tear. Through his descriptive language and simile, he has illustrated the soldiers washed away, and that their tombstones have no writing on them anymore, making them anonymous. Here lies the inconsistency of human experience, the uncertainty that surroundings us and the unreliability of truth. This articulates an unsettling stillness and an all too unnatural quietness. The personification of the rain indicates a turning of cycles building on the foundation of continuity and that the world will move forward, regardless of the gravity of their sacrifices. He was to report on the Australian activities in the War and after it was all over he was to write the official history of those activities.