Analysis of Peter Skrynecki´s Migrant Hostel and 10 Mary Street

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Through an individual’s intrinsic desire to develop meaningful connections with society, place or heritage, they forge their own sense of self-identity by overcoming the barriers in place. In Peter Skrzynecki’s poetry, particularly “Migrant Hostel” and “10 Mary Street” we witness an individual’s experience of segregation to eventual connection in the world they live. Skrzynecki’s insightful poem “Migrant Hostel” explores the notion of impermanence and uncertainty in an individual’s experience where stability is essential to develop an identity and sense of belonging. The poem illustrates the disorientating nature of a migrant hostel where the people within yearn for sanctuary in the Australian community. This idea is instantly reflected through the negative connotations in “no one kept count” representing a sense of anonymity in the atmosphere through a lack of individual significance. The enjambment and juxtaposition of the “comings” and “goings” highlights the transient and uncertain nature of the hostel environment where they were “left wondering who would be coming next”. The intrinsic desire of human nature to develop meaningful bonds with people that share similar adversities is displayed through simile and symbol of a “homing pigeon circling to get its bearings”. Furthermore, the alliteration in “memories of hunger and hate” convey their previous experiences hindering their search for harmony and permission into the broader community. This notion is further

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