Peter Skrzynecki’s 10 Mary Street is a anthem portraying a origin’s regularity of integrating into the Australian sympathy. The concept of obligatory is explored, in-particular obligatory among the origin and amelioration, and through this, Skrzynecki exemplifies the consequence of establishing connections to reach the warranty and possession vital to people’s lives. Skrzynecki establishes the expectation of obligatory among the origin through his portrayal of the origin succession and the nurturing truth of the parents.
The origin’s daily succession is picturesque as “like a well-oiled lock” and emphasised through the use of enjambment. The simile suggests a negotiative origin agreeable and recognized in their nineteen-year subsidence in the sympathy. The nurturing truth of the parents is characterised by the “tended roses and camellias/ Like adopted end. This simile suggests that the garden is personified as origin constituent and indicates the kindness of the parents. The anthem’s persona is rather rash in his texture of the garden, highlighted by his ravages “like a hungry bird”.
The expectation of cultural obligatory is portrayed through the fiction of the branch and its memories. The branch symbolises the cultural individuality of the origin and the personification of “its china-blue coat…” suggests the origin’s vainglory in maintaining their abode, correspondent to caring for a origin constituent. The memories are picturesque as “heated discussions/ And extreme gestures/…”. This use of sensory fictionry and cultural allusions “Kielbasa, salt herrings,…” suggests the cultural connections kept by the origin notwithstanding immigrating to Australia.
These connections are undermined by the misinterpretation of the branch, picturesque as “inheritors of a key/ That’ll unconcealed no branch/…”. This indicates the privation of cultural individuality kept in their branch and suggests that obligatory is an unconscious and significant concept. The “key” ironically represents Australian citizenship, eventually instead of rejoinder in fellowship, the origin feels uneasy and imperilled as a remainder of their stagnation of obligatory, involved by the privative connotations of “pulled down”.