Belonging 9the Poem ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’)

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The poem ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ is an effective portrayal of the complications of belonging. It explores the change of emotions that occurs when people move to a different place that has a different culture, stopping them from belonging in society or to each other. Skrzynecki begins with ‘my gentle father’. The use of possessive pronoun creates a tone of affection. It allows the audience to know that he adores his father as a person as he cumulates all his characteristics. The use of cliché language ‘Kept pace only with the Joneses of his own minds making..’ A character is portrayed that his father was not pressured to keep up with the latest trends and that he strongly belonged to himself as an individual. Feliks feels a sense of belonging to his garden because back in Poland he was farmer. The simile ‘Loved his garden like an only child’ emphasizes his feelings towards that garden. Even though Peter had started the poem adoring his father creates a sense that he did not belong with his him. His use of hyperbole ‘spent years walking its perimeter/ from sunrise to sleep’ exaggerates the amount of time Feliks dedicated to nurturing his garden. This allows the audience to know that the garden was creating a complication of father and son to belong to each other. In stanza two, visual imagery is used to show the sense of belonging that proves Felik’s connection to the garden and not his son. It quotes ‘From cement, fingers with cracks,’ suggesting that Feliks is starting to become more like his garden and can not wash away his polish heritage. Cumillation of relative clauses ‘he broke/ he existed/ he turned/ he rolled’ shows that Feliks has the power to manipulate the world around him and it strongly suggests that he belong in this world. In the third stanza, the poem changes from first person to third person as it stats off with ‘His polish friends’

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