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Beach Burial Summary & Analysis
by Kenneth Slessor

"Beach Burial" is a poem by Australian war poet, correspondent, and journalist Kenneth Slessor. The poem focuses on burial sites along the coast of Egypt (specifically, the Arab Gulf near the port city of Alexandria). Elegaic in tone, the poem laments the tragic loss of life that comes with war, and reflects on the anonymity of the dead men buried in the sand. It makes the point that it's impossible to tell which side of the war the dead men fought for in the first place. Slessor spent time reporting from Egypt during World War Two, so the poem may be based on personal experience.

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