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How does the poem "Immigrants at…" enlighten your understanding of how physical journeys shape our lives?

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How does the poem "Immigrants at..." enlighten your understanding of how physical journeys shape our lives? Physical journeys shape our lives in everything we do and think. These journeys often lead to inner journeys as well, which can lead to self-actualisation. These experiences can alter a person's perspective by providing them with new information and ideas. So, a physical journey basically allows a person to experience new things, while at the same time becoming enlightened toward certain situations, issues or toward certain people. "Immigrants at Central Station, 1951" is a poem that clearly reflects these concepts. This poem shows that the persona is directly involved in a physical journey (through the use of personal pronouns such as, 'our' in "sank into our thoughts) ...read more.


The use of personification is too, a dominant trope in the poem. In the poem, this trope is constantly used for disempowering the people, whilst empowering the landscape at the same time. Examples include the lines, "Time waited..." and "space hemmed us". The paradox, "The silence, the cold, the benevolence of empty streets" is also another example of the landscape being empowered in comparison to the people. The people in the poem are associated with diminishing and disempowering words and phrases such as "like cattle bought for slaughter". This simile gives reference to the cattle wagons destined for the concentration camps, as well as reflects the persona's thoughts and feelings towards his/her temporary position in relation to the Jewish people's plight during the war. ...read more.


The line, "along glistening tracks of steel", (which despite its ambiguity could be symbolic for hope and a bright new future, or the sharpness of a weapon, or even the flowing of time) highlights the persona's change of view from a pessimistic view to an optimistic one. The persona no longer uses pessimistic words, but instead uses optimistic ones like, 'glistening', which just shows that the persona became enlightened from that experience. This poem has helped enlighten my understanding of how physical journeys have shaped our lives. After reading this poem I realise that physical journeys can bring upon uncertain futures as well as cause anxiety and uncertainty for the person who is undergoing the journey. I also realise how much impact a physical journey really has on your life (views toward certain people, situations, etc), regardless of the length of the journey. ...read more.

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