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Area of Study: Journeys

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Nisrene Kourouche

on 1 September 2014

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Journeys
'Immigrant Chronicle' by Peter Skrzynecki
Peter Skrzynecki is a popular Australian poet who details the immigrant experience. His anthology, 'Immigrant Chronicle' tells a story of his past and journey of assimilating to the Australian culture. His poems tell of travelling, of belonging and the innate beauty in discovering oneself and rediscovering home and memory.
Memory plays a key role as Skrzynecki remembers his parents journey from Poland to Australia, and elaborates on the feeling he and his parents endured on trying to integrate themselves within society.
Their physical journey is represented, from the moment they arrived in Australia, bought and resided in a home and later achieving employment in the country.
The Journey
'Immigrant's at Central Station, 1951'
'Crossing the Red Sea'
“Crossing the Red Sea” composed by Peter Skrzynecki traces a physical as well as a shared emotional journey in which migrants sail through the Red Sea. In fact, through the title of the poem, Skrzynecki biblically alludes to Moses leading the Jews out of tyranny in Egypt to the promised land of Canaan, just as the Europeans abandoned their homes in war-torn Europe to partake a voyage across the red sea to the new promised land of Australia, in hope of a brighter future at the end of their journey.

The Essay!
In your essay you must ensure that you analyse two poems in detail. Evidence, examples and techniques must be given to support your ideas. You must also link these ideas to your chosen related text. Techniques, evidence and examples must be analysed from this text and linked to your selected poems. You should aim to write at least four pages for this essay, ensuring you use sophisticated language and ideas.
Area of Study - Journeys
A journey can be defined in many ways depending on the context. For example: A journey is the process of travelling from one destination to another in order to achieve a purpose or goal.
However, it can also be defined as either a physical, emotional or imaginative experience, progressing from one place to another.

You must have your own definition of 'journey' to use within this area of study. It should also focus on the kind of journey your prescribed text focuses on.
Immigrants at Central Station, 1951 records the observations of a generation of people who have escaped war torn Europe to begin a new life in a new country..
Skrzynecki has effectively described a generation of immigrants who are in flux leaving behind a war torn country full of suffering but lifelong memories to start a new life in a new country. He has conveyed the confusion and apprehension felt by these immigrants through the use of metaphors, similes and alliteration.

The physical journey taking place is full of apprehension and the unknown. The reference to war is clearly portrayed, as is the emotions the immigrants are feeling as they are waiting to be taken away to a better place.
A Drive in the Country
The use of the drive is the main aspect of the journey in this poem. There is a range of powerful imagery. The poem begins with the typical image of a drive in the country through images of water, wildlife and nature. The poem focuses on the memories we take with us as we progress through different journeys. There is a 'road that only runs one way' which shows the audience the path of the journey. A lot of contrast and juxtaposing is used throughout this poem.
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