Immigrant Chronicle by Peter Skrzynecki

Immigrant Chronicle by Peter Skrzynecki

Migrant Hostel annotations Migrant Hostel Stanza 1 Parkes, 1949-51 No one kept count Of all the comings and goings Arrivals of newcomers In busloads from the station, Sudden departures from adjoining blocks That left us wondering Who would be coming next. Migrant Hostel Stanza 1 Context. Establishes place and time-frame. The family was in the Parkes for over two years. Parkes, 1949-51 No one kept count Of all the comings and goings Arrivals of newcomers In busloads from the station, Sudden departures from adjoining blocks That left us wondering Who would be coming next.

Migrant Hostel Stanza 1 Context. Establishes place and time-frame. The family was in the Parkes for over two years. Suggests there were too many people to keep count of. Parkes, 1949-51 No one kept count Of all the comings and goings Arrivals of newcomers In busloads from the station, Sudden departures from adjoining blocks That left us wondering Who would be coming next. Migrant Hostel Stanza 1 Context. Establishes place and time-frame. The family was in the Parkes for over two years. Colloquial language. People constantly Parkes, 1949-51 arriving and leaving. Indicates that the Suggests there were

hostel is busy, but also a place of too many people to transition. keep count of. No one kept count Of all the comings and goings Arrivals of newcomers In busloads from the station, Sudden departures from adjoining blocks That left us wondering Who would be coming next. Migrant Hostel Stanza 1 Context. Establishes place and time-frame. The family was in the Parkes for over two years. Colloquial language. People constantly Parkes, 1949-51 arriving and leaving. Indicates that the Suggests there were hostel is busy, but also a place of too many people to transition. keep count of. No one kept count Punctuation (hyphen).

Of all the comings and goings Indicates a pause, but also a connection between Arrivals of newcomers ideas. In busloads from the station, Sudden departures from adjoining blocks That left us wondering Who would be coming next. Migrant Hostel Stanza 1 Context. Establishes place and time-frame. The family was in the Parkes for over two years. Colloquial language. People constantly Parkes, 1949-51 arriving and leaving. Indicates that the Suggests there were hostel is busy, but also a place of too many people to transition. keep count of. No one kept count Punctuation (hyphen). Groups of new people Of all the comings and goings

Indicates a pause, but also arrive. They are a connection between Arrivals of newcomers anonymous/nameless ideas. to Skrzynecki. In busloads from the station, Sudden departures from adjoining blocks That left us wondering Who would be coming next. Migrant Hostel Stanza 1 Context. Establishes place and time-frame. The family was in the Parkes for over two years. Colloquial language. People constantly Parkes, 1949-51 arriving and leaving. Indicates that the Suggests there were hostel is busy, but also a place of too many people to transition. keep count of. No one kept count Punctuation (hyphen).

Groups of new people Of all the comings and goings Indicates a pause, but also arrive. They are a connection between Arrivals of newcomers anonymous/nameless ideas. to Skrzynecki. In busloads from the station, New line for Sudden to reinforce how quickly people can leave. Reinforces the hostel as a place of transition where no one truly belongs. Sudden departures from adjoining blocks That left us wondering Who would be coming next. Migrant Hostel Stanza 1 Context. Establishes place and time-frame. The family was in the Parkes for over two years.

Colloquial language. People constantly Parkes, 1949-51 arriving and leaving. Indicates that the Suggests there were hostel is busy, but also a place of too many people to transition. keep count of. No one kept count Punctuation (hyphen). Groups of new people Of all the comings and goings Indicates a pause, but also arrive. They are a connection between Arrivals of newcomers anonymous/nameless ideas. to Skrzynecki. In busloads from the station, New line for Sudden to reinforce how quickly people can leave. Reinforces the hostel as a place of transition where no one truly belongs. Sudden departures from adjoining blocks

Inclusive terms (us) That left us wondering suggests some sense of Who would be coming next. belonging for Skrzynecki with his family. Migrant Hostel Stanza 1 Context. Establishes place and time-frame. The family was in the Parkes for over two years. Colloquial language. People constantly Parkes, 1949-51 arriving and leaving. Indicates that the Suggests there were hostel is busy, but also a place of too many people to transition. keep count of. No one kept count Punctuation (hyphen). Groups of new people Of all the comings and goings Indicates a pause, but also arrive. They are a connection between Arrivals of newcomers

anonymous/nameless ideas. to Skrzynecki. In busloads from the station, New line for Sudden to reinforce how quickly people can leave. Reinforces the hostel as a place of transition where no one truly belongs. Sudden departures from adjoining blocks Inclusive terms (us) That left us wondering suggests some sense of Who would be coming next. belonging for Skrzynecki with his family. The transitory nature of life in the migrant hostel makes it difficult to form connections with others. Migrant Hostel Stanza 2 Nationalities sought Each other out instinctively

Like a homing pigeon Circling to get its bearings; Years and place-names Recognised by accents, Partitioned off at night By memories of hunger and hate. Migrant Hostel Stanza 2 Suggesting that people find a sense of belonging with people of the same culture. This also suggests that a sense of belonging with different cultures was not a priority. Nationalities sought Each other out instinctively Like a homing pigeon Circling to get its bearings; Years and place-names Recognised by accents, Partitioned off at night By memories of hunger and hate. Migrant Hostel Stanza 2 Suggesting that people find a sense of belonging with people of the same culture. This also suggests that a sense of

belonging with different cultures was not a priority. Suggests that belonging with ones own kind is a basic human need. We automatically search for a sense of belonging. Nationalities sought Each other out instinctively Like a homing pigeon Circling to get its bearings; Years and place-names Recognised by accents, Partitioned off at night By memories of hunger and hate. Migrant Hostel Stanza 2 Suggesting that people find a sense of belonging with people of the same culture. This also suggests that a sense of belonging with different cultures was not a priority. Simile. Reinforces that the search for belonging is instinctive. Suggests that belonging with ones own kind is a basic human

need. We automatically search for a sense of belonging. Nationalities sought Each other out instinctively Like a homing pigeon Circling to get its bearings; Years and place-names Recognised by accents, Partitioned off at night By memories of hunger and hate. Migrant Hostel Stanza 2 Suggesting that people find a sense of belonging with people of the same culture. This also suggests that a sense of belonging with different cultures was not a priority. Simile. Reinforces that the search for belonging is instinctive. Suggests that belonging with ones own kind is a basic human need. We automatically search for a sense of belonging. Nationalities sought

Each other out instinctively Extending the simile. We find our way by looking for Like a homing pigeon identifiable features of a Circling to get its bearings; person/place. Years and place-names Recognised by accents, Partitioned off at night By memories of hunger and hate. Migrant Hostel Stanza 2 Suggesting that people find a sense of belonging with people of the same culture. This also suggests that a sense of belonging with different cultures was not a priority. Simile. Reinforces that the search for belonging is instinctive. Listing features that might indicate a possibility for common ground and belonging. Suggests that belonging with ones own kind is a basic human

need. We automatically search for a sense of belonging. Nationalities sought Each other out instinctively Extending the simile. We find our way by looking for Like a homing pigeon identifiable features of a Circling to get its bearings; person/place. Years and place-names Recognised by accents, Partitioned off at night By memories of hunger and hate. Migrant Hostel Stanza 2 Suggesting that people find a sense of belonging with people of the same culture. This also suggests that a sense of belonging with different cultures was not a priority. Simile. Reinforces that the search for belonging is instinctive. Listing features that might indicate a possibility for common

ground and belonging. Words such as partition suggest separation, creating a barrier to belonging with different cultural groups. Suggests that belonging with ones own kind is a basic human need. We automatically search for a sense of belonging. Nationalities sought Each other out instinctively Extending the simile. We find our way by looking for Like a homing pigeon identifiable features of a Circling to get its bearings; person/place. Years and place-names Recognised by accents, Partitioned off at night By memories of hunger and hate. Migrant Hostel Stanza 2 Suggesting that people find a sense of belonging with people

of the same culture. This also suggests that a sense of belonging with different cultures was not a priority. Simile. Reinforces that the search for belonging is instinctive. Listing features that might indicate a possibility for common ground and belonging. Words such as partition suggest separation, creating a barrier to belonging with different cultural groups. Suggests that belonging with ones own kind is a basic human need. We automatically search for a sense of belonging. Nationalities sought Each other out instinctively Extending the simile. We find our way by looking for Like a homing pigeon identifiable features of a Circling to get its bearings; person/place. Years and place-names

Recognised by accents, Partitioned off at night By memories of hunger and hate. Alliteration. The h sound is harsh and evokes the harshness of wartime experiences and prejudices. Migrant Hostel Stanza 2 Suggesting that people find a sense of belonging with people of the same culture. This also suggests that a sense of belonging with different cultures was not a priority. Simile. Reinforces that the search for belonging is instinctive. Listing features that might indicate a possibility for common ground and belonging. Words such as partition suggest separation, creating a barrier to belonging with different cultural groups. Suggests that belonging with ones own kind is a basic human

need. We automatically search for a sense of belonging. Nationalities sought Each other out instinctively Extending the simile. We find our way by looking for Like a homing pigeon identifiable features of a Circling to get its bearings; person/place. Years and place-names Recognised by accents, Metaphor. Hunger and hate create almost physical Partitioned off at night barriers for belonging. By memories of hunger and hate. Alliteration. The h sound is harsh and evokes the harshness of wartime experiences and prejudices. Migrant Hostel Stanza 3 For over two years We lived like birds of passage Always sensing a change

In the weather: Unaware of the season Whose track we would follow. Migrant Hostel Stanza 3 Weary tone. Suggests there has been little progress in two years. For over two years We lived like birds of passage Always sensing a change In the weather: Unaware of the season Whose track we would follow. Migrant Hostel Stanza 3 Weary tone. Suggests there has been little progress in two years. Simile. Suggests the Skrzyneckis are stuck in a situation out of their control. Birds travelling towards a destination. No sense of belonging in a state of transition. The

recurrence of the birds in this poem creates a motif. For over two years We lived like birds of passage Always sensing a change In the weather: Unaware of the season Whose track we would follow. Migrant Hostel Stanza 3 Weary tone. Suggests there has been little progress in two years. Simile. Suggests the Skrzyneckis are stuck in a situation out of their control. Birds travelling towards a destination. No sense of belonging in a state of transition. The recurrence of the birds in this poem creates a motif. Hyphen. Indicates a pause to link ideas. Explaining why the Skrzyneckis are like birds of passage

For over two years We lived like birds of passage Always sensing a change In the weather: Unaware of the season Whose track we would follow. Migrant Hostel Stanza 3 Weary tone. Suggests there has been little progress in two years. Simile. Suggests the Skrzyneckis are stuck in a situation out of their control. Birds travelling towards a destination. No sense of belonging in a state of transition. The recurrence of the birds in this poem creates a motif. Hyphen. Indicates a pause to link ideas. Explaining why the Skrzyneckis are like birds of passage For over two years

We lived like birds of passage Always sensing a change The migrants can feel change, but have no control or understanding of In the weather: it. Suggesting an isolation from the decision-making process. Unaware of the season Whose track we would follow. Migrant Hostel Stanza 3 Weary tone. Suggests there has been little progress in two years. Simile. Suggests the Skrzyneckis are stuck in a situation out of their control. Birds travelling towards a destination. No sense of belonging in a state of transition. The recurrence of the birds in this poem creates a motif. Hyphen. Indicates a pause to link ideas. Explaining why the Skrzyneckis are like birds of passage

For over two years We lived like birds of passage Always sensing a change The migrants can feel change, but have no control or understanding of In the weather: it. Suggesting an isolation from the decision-making process. Unaware of the season Whose track we would follow. Metaphor. Suggests isolation from the rest of the world. No sense of control over events and their own ability to belong. Migrant Hostel Stanza 4 A barrier at the main gate Sealed off the highway From our doorstep As it rose and fell like a finger Pointed in reprimand or shame; And daily we passed Underneath or alongside it Needing its sanction To pass in and out of lives That had only begun

Or were dying. Migrant Hostel Stanza 4 Imagery. Image of a physical barrier to prevent migrants from having their own place in Australia. A barrier at the main gate Sealed off the highway From our doorstep As it rose and fell like a finger Pointed in reprimand or shame; And daily we passed Underneath or alongside it Needing its sanction To pass in and out of lives That had only begun Or were dying. Migrant Hostel Stanza 4 Suggests that passing between the hostel and the rest of Australia is difficult.

Imagery. Image of a physical barrier to prevent migrants from having their own place in Australia. A barrier at the main gate Sealed off the highway From our doorstep As it rose and fell like a finger Pointed in reprimand or shame; And daily we passed Underneath or alongside it Needing its sanction To pass in and out of lives That had only begun Or were dying. Migrant Hostel Stanza 4 Suggests that passing between the hostel and the rest of Australia is difficult. Imagery. Image of a physical barrier to prevent migrants from having their own place in Australia. A barrier at the main gate

Simile. Reinforces the image of the Sealed off the highway barrier rising and falling to allow certain From our doorstep people through. As it rose and fell like a finger Pointed in reprimand or shame; And daily we passed Underneath or alongside it Needing its sanction To pass in and out of lives That had only begun Or were dying. Migrant Hostel Stanza 4 Suggests that passing between the hostel and the rest of Australia is difficult. Personification. The barrier takes on the attributes of a judge. This helps to transform the barrier into a symbol of not belonging. Imagery. Image of a physical barrier to

prevent migrants from having their own place in Australia. A barrier at the main gate Simile. Reinforces the image of the Sealed off the highway barrier rising and falling to allow certain From our doorstep people through. As it rose and fell like a finger Pointed in reprimand or shame; And daily we passed Underneath or alongside it Needing its sanction To pass in and out of lives That had only begun Or were dying. Migrant Hostel Stanza 4 Suggests that passing between the hostel and the rest of Australia is difficult. Personification. The barrier takes on the attributes of a judge. This helps to transform

the barrier into a symbol of not belonging. Imagery. Image of a physical barrier to prevent migrants from having their own place in Australia. A barrier at the main gate Simile. Reinforces the image of the Sealed off the highway barrier rising and falling to allow certain From our doorstep people through. As it rose and fell like a finger Pointed in reprimand or shame; Daily indicates routine. This also reinforces the And daily we passed regular feeling of being isolated and not belonging. Underneath or alongside it Needing its sanction To pass in and out of lives That had only begun Or were dying. Migrant Hostel Stanza 4

Suggests that passing between the hostel and the rest of Australia is difficult. Personification. The barrier takes on the attributes of a judge. This helps to transform the barrier into a symbol of not belonging. Imagery. Image of a physical barrier to prevent migrants from having their own place in Australia. A barrier at the main gate Simile. Reinforces the image of the Sealed off the highway barrier rising and falling to allow certain From our doorstep people through. As it rose and fell like a finger Pointed in reprimand or shame; Daily indicates routine. This also reinforces the And daily we passed regular feeling of being isolated and not belonging. Underneath or alongside it Personification/Metaphor.

Needing its sanction The family feel as though To pass in and out of lives they need the barriers permission to pass through. That had only begun Or were dying. Migrant Hostel Stanza 4 Suggests that passing between the hostel and the rest of Australia is difficult. Personification. The barrier takes on the attributes of a judge. This helps to transform the barrier into a symbol of not belonging. Suggests transience/the temporary nature of their stay at the hostel Imagery. Image of a physical barrier to prevent migrants from having their own place in Australia.

A barrier at the main gate Simile. Reinforces the image of the Sealed off the highway barrier rising and falling to allow certain From our doorstep people through. As it rose and fell like a finger Pointed in reprimand or shame; Daily indicates routine. This also reinforces the And daily we passed regular feeling of being isolated and not belonging. Underneath or alongside it Personification/Metaphor. Needing its sanction The family feel as though To pass in and out of lives they need the barriers permission to pass through. That had only begun Or were dying. Migrant Hostel Stanza 4 Suggests that passing between the hostel and the rest of Australia is difficult.

Personification. The barrier takes on the attributes of a judge. This helps to transform the barrier into a symbol of not belonging. Suggests transience/the temporary nature of their stay at the hostel Metaphor. Is coming to Australia a beginning or an end in terms of finding somewhere to belong? Imagery. Image of a physical barrier to prevent migrants from having their own place in Australia. A barrier at the main gate Simile. Reinforces the image of the Sealed off the highway barrier rising and falling to allow certain From our doorstep people through. As it rose and fell like a finger Pointed in reprimand or shame; Daily indicates routine. This also reinforces the And daily we passed

regular feeling of being isolated and not belonging. Underneath or alongside it Personification/Metaphor. Needing its sanction The family feel as though To pass in and out of lives they need the barriers permission to pass through. That had only begun Or were dying. Migrant Hostel Stanza 4 Suggests that passing between the hostel and the rest of Australia is difficult. Personification. The barrier takes on the attributes of a judge. This helps to transform the barrier into a symbol of not belonging. Suggests transience/the temporary nature of their stay at the hostel Metaphor. Is coming to

Australia a beginning or an end in terms of finding somewhere to belong? Imagery. Image of a physical barrier to prevent migrants from having their own place in Australia. A barrier at the main gate Simile. Reinforces the image of the Sealed off the highway barrier rising and falling to allow certain From our doorstep people through. As it rose and fell like a finger Pointed in reprimand or shame; Daily indicates routine. This also reinforces the And daily we passed regular feeling of being isolated and not belonging. Underneath or alongside it Personification/Metaphor. Needing its sanction The family feel as though To pass in and out of lives they need the barriers permission to pass through. That had only begun

Or were dying. Emotive language. Suggesting uncertainty about the future and how the family will find a sense of belonging.

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