Postcards Paragraph Essay

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Place, Identity, Perceptions, Culture People are able to belong if they have a sense of identity. The persona chooses not to engage with his heritage because he never established an identity with Poland. The poem ‘Postcards’ explores different stages of belonging. The persona is unable to connect to his past because his identity has ignored it. In contrast his parents are able to connect to the city on the postcard because they once had an identity in this place. The title “Postcards” focuses on an event of receiving a postcard. Postcards usually contain an idolised view of a place or sculpture. However the poet has used negative images to describe the postcard, which exemplifies the fact that the persona has no identity in this place. In the first stanza the persona is “haunted” by the postcard sent to him. The negative connotation suggests that the persona has encountered an uncomfortable experience and disturbs him, and he in unable to get rid of his past. His culture will always be waiting for him to establish a connection with it. The negative connotation of “haunt” is ironic because something so small and unsubstantial has a great impact on the persona. The postcard becomes a symbol of how distant his identity is from his culture. Towards the end of the poem, the persona’s perception of identity has changed. He realises that he cannot block out his past forever. The persona gives physical recognition to Warsaw through “eyesight” and “praise”. There is a superficial acknowledgement in this image. It is not a deep connection but he is able to acknowledge that he cannot escape his culture. He is taking little steps towards belonging to his heritage. The city then whispers back “we will meet before you die”. The persona opens himself to establishing a connection with the past. He recognises he can not be confident in his identity until he understands the past
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