A journey can be considered as merely a movement from one place to another, but there are much deeper meanings conveyed in a journey. A physical journey also includes the experience along the way and what it teaches. Good morning teachers and fellow students. Through the text 'Crossing the Red Sea' by Peter Skrzynecki.
This text have helped effectively shape my understanding of physical journeys by developing empathy with the migrants in the poem, and the techniques and ideas incorporated in them have increased and developed my understanding.
The text 'Crossing The Red Sea' by Peter Skrzynecki catches the immigrants experience at a point between 2 worlds, as those on board leave their homelands and sail towards the new world. It gives insight to the community other than migrants about the emotional difficulties when migrating to another country. One of the poetic techniques used is the biblical allusion in the title "Crossing the Red Sea" This suggests the children of Israel are led out of bondage in Egypt by Moses, through the red sea, to the Promised Land. For the Skrzyneckis and their fellow passengers, leaving war-ravaged Europe, Australia was that Promised Land.
All physical journeys stir up mixed feelings of anticipation and insecurity; a longing for something new and exciting mixed with a reluctance to leave behind familiar things. This can be shown through the word choice such as 'memories' 'secrets' and 'exiles'. Do you remember the first time you traveled any distance alone? On reading "Crossing the Red Sea" I realized that most people feel the same way, although the immigrant's reactions were intensified because they had no hope.
Skrzynecki tells us each immigrant reacts differently to leaving their traumatic pasts of warfare, oppressions and slavery. They venture towards new lives in different ways and the dialogue, "Blood, leaves similar dark stains" show the different attitudes towards making the journey. Their experiences cannot be...
The Israelites seemed to be trapped. Mountains stood on one side, the RedSea in front of them. When they saw Pharaoh's soldiers coming, they were terrified. Grumbling against God and Moses, they said they would rather be slaves again than die in the desert.
Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." (Exodus 14:13-14, NIV)
The angel of God, in a pillar of cloud, stood between the people and the Egyptians, protecting the Hebrews. Then Moses stretched his hand out over the sea. The Lord caused a strong east wind to blow all night, parting the waters and turning the sea floor into dry land.
During the night, the Israelites fled through the RedSea, a wall of water to their right and to their left. The Egyptian army charged in after them.
Watching the chariots race ahead, God threw the army into a panic, clogging their chariot wheels to slow them down.
Once the Israelites were safe on the other side, God commanded Moses to stretch out his hand again. As morning returned, the sea rolled back in, covering the Egyptian army, its chariots and horses. Not one man survived.
After witnessing this great miracle, the people believed in the Lord and his servant Moses.
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...which can only be addressed from an individual perspective and thus Peter Skrzynecki’s collection of highly personal poetry serves as a much more effective medium for exploring isolation that belonging. His anthology Immigrant Chronicles collates his exploration of belonging on cultural, familial and ideological levels as formed by his personal experiences; yet the central focus of these poems lies in the aspect of alienation and isolation more than it does belonging. When a sense of community is built up through his expertly virtuosic command of high powered literary techniques, as can only be achieved by a master of the English language, it is always undercut such that the anthology lends itself more as a lamentation of lost belonging rather than a celebration of unity.
‘Postcard’ encapsulates the alienation engendered by the inescapable nature of one’s nationality and foregrounds this as a cause of inner turmoil much more than it does as a cause of pride and elation. Being of Polish descent yet raised in Australia, PeterSkrzynecki documents the cultural chasm which he personally faces foremost through his choice of supernatural diction such as “haunts.” In this way, Skrzynecki sets up the poem with supernatural overtones, suggesting futility in artificially adopting a nationality. Nonetheless, his highly objective illustration of the city of Warsaw as reflected in the lack of a main verb governing...
...perception of belonging evolves in response to the passage of time and interaction with their world. To what extent is this view of belonging represented in your prescribed text and at least one related text.
One’s attitude to belonging can be greatly influenced overtime, due to uncontrollable forces impacting on them. In Felik’s Skrzynecki’s, the father and the persona are slowly pushed away due to cultural differences. The notion of not belonging additionally, is illustrated inPeter Skrzynecki’s other poem, St Patrick’s College as during the persona’s education, he becomes more alienated from the school. In comparison, the film Rabbit Proof Fence directed by Phillip Noyce illustrates how cultural intervention eventually, can alter a family perspective on belonging. Each text powerfully explores the significance of belonging, as they are slowly altered overtime.
As time progresses, a connection towards the land but also the detachment from your family can influence the notion of belonging. In Felik’s Skrzynecki, it explores how Felik already has a metaphorical home to the garden as he constantly “swept its paths – Ten time around the world”. The hyperbole conveys a sense of attachment to the garden, as it symbolises the physical journey to stay within its boundaries. Though, the persona feels distanced from his father’s heritage as he unconsciously inherited parts of his Polish background as he remembers “remnants of a language – I...
...individual’s sense of identity. The anthology Immigrant Chronicle written by PeterSkrzynecki demonstrates how belonging is shown to contribute to an individual’s sense of identity. This can be seen throughout the poems of ‘10 Mary Street’ and ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’. Additionally, the 2004 film ‘Mean Girls’, directed Mark Waters also establishes how belonging contributes to identity. Through various form, figurative and audio techniques, these three texts display how belonging impacts an individual’s sense of identity.
The poem of ‘10 Mary Street’ illustrates that when there is a lack of belonging experienced by an individual, it affects their sense of identity. This poem depicts the emotions evoked of an immigrant family during their immigration into Australian culture, and the relationship between the family, and their newfound home. A sense of routine is established through the first two lines, ‘For nineteen years / we departed’. Through this, connotations of stability and security arise, suggesting the family feels a sense of belonging to the home. This is further emphasised through the simile of ‘each morning, shut the house / like a well-oiled lock, as it implies that there is something of value within the home, that must be kept safe. Through this, it is suggested that the place of value worth protecting within the home, is the garden. The garden can be interpreted as a symbol for the Skrzynecki family’s...
...various language and visual techniques. 'In the hierarchy of human needs, belonging is considered the most important individual need' this can be further explored through Peter Skrzynecki’s poems ‘St Patrick’s College’ and ‘Felix Skrzynecki ‘and in the graphic novel ‘The Arrival’. Both composers use various ways of interpreting belonging and not belonging. Through the use of techniques, we can gain a greater understanding of belonging and its costs.
In the poem ‘St Patricks college’, Skrzynecki reflects on some of his experiences of St Patricks college in Strathfield. Peter questions the social, educational and spiritual value of his school experiences at the college. Through a cliché, Skrzynecki states that his mother only sent him to that school because she wanted to give him “what was best”. This quote allows the reader to be explicit with him as everyone has experienced what their parents thought “what was best”. PeterSkrzynecki in St Patrick’s College is accepted to the school; however it isn’t evident that he wants to be accepted. The poets choice of verb ‘carry’ in “carried the blue, black and gold” conveys the burden he feels in wearing the St Patricks uniform for eight years, as well as the effort of trying to fit in to the school environment and failing. Instead of using the word ‘wear’ skrzynecki demonstrates that being forced to wear something you...
...Discuss the concept of a physical journey bringing both challenges and rewards with reference to ‘Crossing the RedSea’.
A journey brings about both challenges and rewards, without either, a journey cannot exist—there is no purpose. Skrzynecki’s poem ‘Crossing the RedSea’ depicts a journey of migrants from Poland to Australia after World War II, through the use of such techniques as metaphors, personification and imagery, he conveys to the reader both rewards and challenges the migrants have and will face. The poem title is a biblical reference to the Book of Exodus in which the RedSea refers to the Sea that Moses had parted and led the Israelites from slavery to God’s promise land, Canaan. The physical journey, the rewards and challenges of the Israelites is parallel to that of the migrants in Skrzynecki’s poem; their voyage from a war-torn communist country to a second chance in life, Australia. ‘Many slept on deck … Stretched out on blankets and pillows / Against cabins an rails’, the beginning of the poem indicate that the migrants are physically on a ship leaving (having left) Poland, the juxtaposition of blankets and pillows to cabins and rails suggests the very first of many challenges they had face; wherein the minds of the reader, cabins and rails creates an image of discomfort as opposed to the comfort of blankets and pillows. Such as...
...Crossing the redsea essay
“Crossing the RedSea" is a poem that is based on World War ll. Thousands of people were displaced by the destruction and cruelty of the war. They looked for a new life in a new world. In the poem a there is a substantial amount of people on a ship leaving there shattered and war torn homeland. The poem displays how people have suffered and seen dreadful scenes. It also expresses there sadness and grief that has left them each flabbergasted and scared. As they set sail, slowly they drift away from their pain and let out there anger onto the pure sea. Even though they are thankful that they are still breathing, they wonder what might be on the other side of the redsea, what there fortune corresponds to. It gives the reader the impression that it’s only the beginning.
The poem crossing the Redsea is linked into the topic journeys because, it shows you how each person is expressing their inner journey as well as their physical journey to somewhere where they might find hope and remedy. The most significant journey is migration which is a physical journey. Migration plays a big role in the poem because in the poem it states how the people are travelling to another country to move away from jeopardy and loss. For the people moving away from their war torn country was simply...
...of belonging can be explored through any of Peter Skrzynecki’s poems in the Immigrant Chronicle. PeterSkrzynecki explores belonging and its effect on him and his family. Belonging is a feeling that every human has a need to feel. When a person feels like they don’t belong they lose the feeling of security, they lack self esteem and an individual’s physical and physiological wellbeing can also be affected.
In the poem “St Patrick’s College” shows the feeling of being unable to belong in such a day to day setting and the feeling of making his mother proud of him despite how embarrassed he felt not being of the same class with the students wearing the uniform that impressed her so much.
In similarity the words expressed in the poem “Feliks Skrzynecki” again highlight the enormous feeling of isolation captured within the perimeters of his father’s world as he chose to exist in his own little cocoon bordered by memories of his homeland in Warsaw Poland.
And my third and final poem is “10 Mary Street” which emphasizes the hardship many immigrants face on a cultural level.
My chosen related texts to the poems mentioned above are “Camp Rock” a movie directed by Matthew Diamond and the childhood story of “the ugly duckling”. In the movie Camp Rock it explores a young girls desire to fit in to a school of musicians and the lengths she goes to in order to belong and be accepted amongst her peers. Just like...