Question: “A journey is not so much about where you go but what occurs on the way.”
How have composers used texts to explore the importance of the concept of the journey?
“Migrant hostel” - Parkes 1949-51, “A drive in the country” and “Chinese Cinderella”
No matter how long or short a major journey may be, every little event that occurs on the way has it's own individual journey. Peter Skrzynecki uses his poems “Migrant hostel”, Parkes 1949-51 and “A drive in the country” from his collection 'Immigrant Chronicle' to explore the importance of the physical, psychological and emotional concept of journeys. This is also evident in 'Chinese Cinderella' by Adeline Yen Mah, the autobiography of a young girl whose journey is to find acceptance within her family. The use of strong visual imagery sets the scenes and juxtaposition shows the conflict within the poem. Personification and similes enhance the audience's understanding and strengthens the poem.
For instance Peter Skrzynecki's use of soft, enchanting visual imagery within the first stanza of “A drive in the country” begins the tranquil scene, atmosphere and tone. This is the beginning of a psychological journey for Skrzynecki. The little blissful parts of the journey are what count before everything is turned upside down.
“Watched how swallows swam through the air”
Demonstrates the beauty of nature, the bird motif shows the calm, relaxing feeling someone may receive from watching some of life's simplest things. The cheerful tone gives the audience a sense of happiness and is also a part of the physical journey, walking along the edge of the water having the best parts of life resting upon your fingertips.
Similarly Peter Skrzynecki's choice of simile
“Nationalities sought each other out instinctively – like a homing pigeon”
refers to the different nationalities organising themselves into groups based on culture, religion, country of origin and language. This quote demonstrates the emotional...