Skrzynecki Rhetorical Devices

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A sense of personal belonging is indeed established as language and ‘nationalities’ provide a common medium for interaction, Skrzynecki uses the simile, “Like a homing pigeon Circling to get its bearings” to describe the unpredictable and uncertain nature of the hostel. This simile illustrates the migrants as birds searching for their home, gaining some respite in others of the same nationality. However, the “circling” is symbolic of their inability to find their home due to the uncertain nature of the hostel. The constant movement and uncertainty is in fact circular and therefore has a stagnating effect on the search for belonging of these migrants. Accordingly, this portrays a hopeless alienation experienced…show more content…
The migratory nature of these birds is quite different to the “homing pigeon”, conveying a transitory nature of their living as what birds of passage do. By doing this, Skrzynecki reintroduces an atmosphere of uncertainty along with the suggestion, “We lived like birds of passage-, Always sensing a change, In the weather”. The use of the collective first person pronoun “we”, helps depict the unity amongst the migrants, giving an indication that the migrants are not certain of where they belong anymore. “For over two years” of unpredictable and inconsequential living, they are looking for a new place to belong to, preferably the new landscape where they have come to, conveying their desperation to conform to a society and leave alienation. Skrzynecki poetically illustrates alienation through his personal experiences successfully throughout the whole poem ‘Migrant Hostel’. Although at times unity is conveyed by the migrants, alienation dominates as the key theme, proving the many hardships endured by migrants at the

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