"Beach Burial" is a very dismal poem that depicts war as wasteful, pointless, and terrible. The poem, which was inspired by a World War II fight in Egypt, concentrates on beach burials—soldiers slain at sea who wash ashore and are buried in the sand. This image is used to show that war is horrible and should never be done.
This poem was written by Wilfred Owen. He was a British soldier who died in action during World War I. This poem is included in his collection of poems, "Poems."
Here is the first line: "The old men died young / And the young men died old." This means that no matter how young or old you are when you die, you will always get killed at a certain age: old for old men and young for young men.
World War I was one of the most brutal wars in history. It lasted from 1914 to 1918 and millions of people died. In this poem, Owen uses death at a young and old age to show that war is bad because it kills innocent people. He also shows that war is bad because it wastes money by forcing people to buy weapons when they don't need them.
The disposal of human remains at sea is known as a burial at sea. These can be cremated remains or a whole body wrapped in a casket or sailcloth. Water burials have a long and complicated history. Some marine burials have occurred historically due to need, while others have occurred due to firmly held beliefs. Many cultures around the world disposed of their dead by throwing them into bodies of water, which was also a common practice in Europe and North America until recently.
Currently, only seven countries have laws that prohibit discharging human remains into the ocean: Argentina, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and South Africa. The remaining countries have no such law, but many have established guidelines for handling of human remains to prevent pollution from being discharged into oceans, lakes, and rivers.
Marine burial has been used extensively in Asia since the 19th century. It is believed that this practice comes from China where it is said to have originated. In Japan, it is called "kusari gawa" and in Korea it is referred to as "ocean burial." In both countries, it is done because it is believed that those who are buried at sea will be free from hunger and poverty. Also, there is an idea that if you bury someone at sea, they will become part of the ocean and rise with its tides.
In the United States, marine burial was once popular among sailors and fishermen.
"People who choose to be buried at sea often have a passion for the ocean, do not want to be cremated, and prefer 'ashes to ashes, dust to dust," he explains. They wish to rejoin the Earth through our waters. "Burial at sea is also an economical choice; it allows families to pay their respects and leave an empty space on the boat."
Here are some other reasons given by experts:
It's peaceful! No more suffering or pain.
You can't burn corpses at sea. This is done on land so the body can be remembered after death.
It's respectful. You're showing the world you care about them even though they're dead.
It's permanent. There's no burial ground that's nearby that could possibly run out someday.
It's global. Everyone has a role in burying the deceased, whether it's at home, in a country, or at sea.
It's convenient. If you live far from shore you don't have to worry about anyone stealing your loved ones remains.
It's affordable. Unless you have a lot of money, you'll be satisfied with a simple ceremony and burial site.
Burial at Sea is a method of ultimate disposition of remains performed on US Navy warships. The commitment ceremony takes place while the ship is on deployment. The body is placed in a gunner's bag which is then loaded into the military cargo aircraft transporting it to Naval Air Station Oceana, where a funeral service is held. The body is returned to its family for final disposition through regular military channels.
The burial at sea procedure is conducted as part of the deployment ceremony that includes rites appropriate for a soldier or sailor rather than those used for civilians. These differences reflect the understanding that no one ever really leaves the navy; instead, they serve at their own discretion within the framework of the fleet organization.
The burial at sea procedure begins with notification of next of kin by mail or telephone. If requested, a member of the naval staff will accompany the body to the nearest port where a warship is available for the ceremony. The death must be reported within 24 hours of discovery.
After notification, a military officer will conduct a brief investigation of the incident scene. If necessary, other officers will be called to assist with the inquiry. Based on the results of this initial review, a determination is made as to the necessity and location of an inquest.
The Great Divide can be represented as a beach, but not as a terminal state, but as the line that divides life from the afterlife. A beach with washed-away footprints can also represent the transience of life or human acts. The path taken by each person on the beach is different -- some are buried in the sand, others are not -- meaning that no one can escape death.
Beaches are often associated with romance, but here the romance is doomed from the beginning because neither the traveler nor the island are ever truly alone. Even if they want to be, they cannot escape their fate.
In conclusion, the beach represents mortality and humanity's inability to escape its core values -- death and loneliness.
The word "Beach" is more important than "Dover" in the title since it refers to the poem's dominant picture. On a nice evening, the poet and his love are reportedly in a room with a window overlooking the straits of Dover on England's southeast coast, maybe in an inn. Although they can't be seen from the road, visitors can see their lighted windows from far away, like stars shining in the darkness. So the title means "The Starry Night Over Dover."
Also called "An Evening Prayer," this short poem was written by John Donne after the death of his wife. It is a meditation on mortality and human desire. Donne was a popular English metaphysical poet who lived at a time when Europe was experiencing a surge in religious enthusiasm and spiritual devotion. Donne was a member of King Charles I's church court which condemned him to death for treason but he managed to escape abroad before the sentence could be carried out.
In the poem, Donne asks God to keep his deceased wife Ann in his prayers and promises that if it is her will, he will change his life completely so that she will not regret marrying him.
Donne uses dramatic irony to create a sense of suspense about what will happen next to his love. He knows that she is dead but keeps writing as though she were alive so that her brother won't stop him from getting money from home.