I got off the plane on the second of March
And knew that I would not like this place
Cold, dry, glum and sour
I knew I would go through a phase
School was boring
Teachers were mean
The days were painfully long
But that all changed
As after the rain
The sun came out and shone
I started high school in 2009
And started to make many friends
Fun, loving, warm and kind
I loved Beijing to the end
“Oh! Your Chinese very good!”
The markets, cheap bargains were fun
I really hated to leave my home
My nest, my roof, and my bun
Recently I discovered
That I was moving again
To a faraway place called Melbourne
Unhappy, sad, angry and hurt
It was burning me and burning through all of them
Yemi, Iris, Thibault and Laura
All good friends I was leaving
But what could I possibly do to get through
The “moving away again” demon?
So I prayed and prayed
Every single day
That all would finally be good
Safe, sound, home at last
Just like it always should!
I started my school, as you can see
I could say that I fit in quite well
But I miss my old school
In Beijing, you see
My friends and my dad as well!
Hopefully one day I will be able to say
Which place I now belong
Melbourne, Beijing, Jakarta, Hanoi?
And then I shall finally be strong
Among many poems in the anthology, I decided to choose this poem, 'Home' by Lyndsey Hipgrave for several reasons. One of my favorite songs is ''Home" by Phillip Phillips. Once when I read the poem, it was similar to the lyric of the song and I can feel the strong connection between them. Another reason is that the speaker is traveling around the world living here and there which sounds very new for me. Due to I have lived my whole life in Vietnam and had never moved to anywhere. It is very interesting to be in someone's shoes because I can see and experience as a something. Although changing houses and moving to another new country is a new fact to me, I can still feel empathy for the speaker through the way the poet express it.
Before starting this assignment, I had absolutely no idea why poetic techniques are used, what the difference between a speaker and an author was, how to analyze a poem, etc. However, I am now able to recognize the difference between a speaker and an author, explain why poetic techniques are used, and even create visuals that represent the poem!
The most important lesson I learned in this unit is that there are no right or wrong answers in poetry. It is all about showing your opinion and making suggestions on why something is used. However, it needs to make sense based directly on the poem. All in all, I think this poem is nicely written and had helped me understand what is the core of poetry.