Importance of Journeys

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What have you learnt about the importance of journey from your study of physical Journey? Refer to 2 poems, 1 supplementary and 1 stimulus material.

A physical journey may be a walk in the park or a travel to a wilderness place where clueless is a common word. The importance of physical journeys is the hardship and memories it carries within the traveller. The importance of physical journeys are going to discussed through the poems Crossing the red sea and Immigrants at Central Station by Peter Shzrynecki, Immigrant photograph by David Moore and a stimulus material called "The Town Where Time Stands Still" by Shirley Geok-lin Lim.

The poem "Crossing the Red Sea" by Peter Schrzynecki, is a reflection on the pain and suffering experienced, and looking to the future with hope and freedom. The title "Crossing the Red Sea" expresses biblical images of salvation from pain and suffering, as the journey was for the liberation from slavery.

As they journey over the sea, they reflect on past time memories which linger in their minds. "A field of red poppies" is juxtaposed with "Blood, leaves similar dark stains", as their emotions and feelings swing from side to side. Red is symbolized for communism, "red banners" and "Mock Salute". The use of biblical allusions "Touched the eyes/ Of another Lazarus", as this shows that the migrants were having feelings of death and born again in a new place starting a new life, as they were trying to leave behind the past. The feelings of apprehension and uncertainty was brought forward, "The Equator/was still to be crossed". As the migrants travel, further and further away from their home, they grow out of the enclosed self emotions and allowing themselves to communicate with others to pass time, "breaking...