“The Migrant” by A.L Hendriks illustrates the struggles of people without a home, people who move
from nation to nation without a home or security. The poem describes the journey and feelings of
woman as travels during her time as a migrant from place to place and her ever growing disdain
and reluctance to her perpetual state of movement. These feelings are revealed by a ambiguous
narrator(s) viewing the development of her feelings and her continuing journey, and these narrators
convey their observations through strongly connotative words which convey her longing of a place
to call home, her sadness at the beginning of her journey and finally the speaker shows her true
attitude through metaphor.
The poem begins with the narrator introducing the speaker concerned who is about to become a
migrant but unbeknown to her, however currently in a place where she feels comfortable to call
home. It is said by the narrator that she felt “rooted and securely settled” in her current situation,
the narrator showing to the reader that this a place where she felt safe and the only place she
knew to call home, and this strongly suggests that she has a desire to have a place to feel settled
and this is important as it shows that she has no desire to move, and contrasts strongly to the
eventual realisation that she is however soon to become a migrant. By including this almost tease
of a place of security and homeliness the narrator shows that the speaker concerned has no wish
to move due to connotations provided by how it is described how she felt about her current
destination, and creates the effect that she is unlikely to react well to migration.
The poem reaches a turning point when the narrator reveals that the speaker has suddenly
become aware of her impending journey away from her current place of security and safety.
Hear the narrator conveys strongly that her attitude to migration is that one of fear, that dread her
inevitable movement, and this sense of inevitability is conveyed through lines nine to eleven, where
the lines describing movement in various different ways have a compounding effect, as she was
“committed to continue elsewhere,” adding to this...