Crossing The Red Sea Poem Analysis

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Peter Skrzynecki Crossing the Red Sea This poem captures the immigrant experience between the two worlds, leaving the homeland and towards the new world. The poet has deliberately structured the poem in five sections each with a number of stanzas to divide the different stages of the physical voyage. Section one describes the refugees, two briefly deals with their reason for the exodus, three emphasises their former oppression, fourth section is about the healing effect of the voyage and the concluding section deals with the awakening of hope. This restructuring allows the poet to focus on the emotional and physical impact of the journey. In the first section Skrzynecki suggests that the physical journey is both literally and metaphorically…show more content…
Country in the tile connotes the serenity and peaceful beauty found in it that soothes the viewer. In this poem, the physical journey – a drive in the country, is a catalyst for reflection first on the calmness and sureness of the natural world, and then, dramatically, on death and hopelessness. The poem probably reflects Skrzynecki’s experience of living and working in northern NSW and he appears to be unhappy in this environment. The poet takes a trip to the country and this trip denotes a physical journey as an escape from the reality of life. This physical journey in the country acts as a temporary escape from reality. In this poem, Skrzynecki also reminds the responder of the physical journey as an escape from the tedium of ordinary existence but the natural beauty of the place does not separate the poet’s discontentment from the thoughts of his usual life. The poem has a relatively regular stanza structure- 7/8 line stanza but the last two are shorter. Free verse but some implied rhyme (shed, wind, hands) created through assonance and alliteration. The poem has rhythm of conversational speech and assonance and alliteration (e.g. swallows swam) is used to create a rhythm of
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