Migrants at Central Station



    ➢ No journey, or the experience gained from it, is alike
    ➢ Physical journeys can take many forms
    ➢ There is always something beneficial to be learnt – learning experiences
    ➢ Display an overwhelming impact upon the individual
    ➢ Physical journeys also institute inner and imaginative journeys
    ➢ Test our psychological abilities
    ➢ A part of life
    ➢ Overcoming of obstacles
    ➢ Extension of personal boundaries
    ➢ Beginning of a clearer understanding of life Nature & Effects will depend on the interpretation


Immigrants at Central Station

“Immigrants at Central Station” is a poem about the collective immigration experience shared by a group of migrants. The journey undertaken in this poem is very emotional, and this is portrayed by the use of imagery, such as the phase “Families stood / Keeping children by their sides”. The poem, once again by its strong use of imagery, demonstrates and illustrates the fear that surrounds the migrants. The experience which this poem recounts is very empty and confusing for the subjects. The poem symbolizes a very emotional climatic point in the migration experience, and it depicts family as a human strength – that with the comfort. Love and support of family, people can get through anything.

Skrzynecki uses alliteration (“…With dampness that slowly / Sank into our thoughts…”), personification (“The air was crowded”, “…But we ate it all: / The silence, the cold, the benevolence”, “Time waited”, “Space hemmed us against each other…” “…time ran ahead…”) and similes (“Like Cattle bought for slaughter”, “Like a word of command”, “Like a guillotine / Cutting us off from the space of eyesight”) to illustrate the intensity and the uncertainty of the poem. “The air was crowded” This personification demonstrates that the atmosphere was full of fear and anticipation. “But we at it all: the silence, the cold, the benevolence” This personification...