Some of which include imagery, similes, hyperboles, alliteration and many more, these techniques have allowed Skynezcki to get his ideas across and at the same time connecting the poem to the idea of belonging. Moving from one place to another can place a great deal of pressure on one. Migrating can be a traumatic experience as you are now moving into a new world where you may feel alone and miss your home land this is clearly evident in the poem “Feliks Skrzynecki”. In stanza one the first line “My gentle father” sets the tone of the poem. The use of person pro noun ‘my’ in the opening phrase establishes the filial relationship.
Post Card Peter Skrzynecki’s Post Card develops the notion of belonging by the persona’s inevitable connection to cultural heritage despite his unwillingness to accept it –“haunts me since its arrival”. Initially, the perspective feels a lack of connection towards the post card, distancing him from it. However, it is ambiguous by the end of the poem whether he will strive to reconcile with the place, “Warsaw”, as indicated in the beginning “A post card sent by a friend, haunts me, since its arrival”. Through this, it is evident that Skrzynecki is deeply afraid of what awaits within the post card but at the same time willing to establish an affiliation as he recognises it. Skrzynecki at first has a different acknowledgement to the post card to the response that he imagines his parents will have.
Instead, he is "stumbling over tenses in Caesar's Gallic War", forgetting his "first Polish word." The process of education leads him to drift from his heritage, but this process seems to be more of a slow movement away rather than a conscious decision not to belong. In the poem there is a more indistinct modification of the son's attitude towards belonging over time. The metaphor of him pegging his "tents further and further south of Hadrian's Wall" is showing the new cultural differences between Peter
The poem explores how our attitudes of belonging either provide acceptance or continue alienation. The composer uses first person pronoun in “what’s my choice to be?” to highlight his change of attitude towards his cultural heritage and how perspectives differ over time. For peter acceptance of one’s culture is the most important aspect in feeling a sense of belonging. For the composer acceptance of who you are and where you come from, eliminated alienation he once felt. For his father acceptance of a new lifestyle and his love of his garden allowed him to belong in an unfamiliar environment.
The main conflicting scene which acted as a narrative tool to help the story move on was the rape scene in chapter 7. Amir is finally in realisation of the extent of how cowardly he is “I just watched. Paralyzed.” This being significant as it even the rape consisted of only men which emphasises the inequity of gender in Afghanistan and in this novel. However some would disagree - For Amir's mother Sofia - Even though she was a well-known literature professor, her death almost completely eliminates her influence from Amir's life. Baba never discusses her with Amir, and he doesn’t appreciate the qualities she passed down to her son “That was how I escaped my father's aloofness, in my dead mother's books” this being a disgrace to baba as he wished for a masculine son "Real men didn't read poetry-and God forbid they should ever write it!” this effectively showing baba’s disinterest in Amir as Baba believes a real man is interested in sports.
Skrzynecki’s poems offer an ambivalent but personal exploration of belonging, beginning with the migrant experience, portrayed through the disjointed connection they felt with the Australian society. The poem Ancestors displays a personal perspective on this issue and the cultural and emotional aspects involved, through a negative, resentful tone and haunting atmosphere. The poem opens proposing a question regarding the ancestral identity of the persona with reference to a traumatic vision of “bearded, faceless men standing shoulder to shoulder.” “Bearded” illustrates an image of historic magi while “faceless” implies the impersonal half-seen image of ancestors, “standing shoulder to shoulder” symbolizing a physical barrier to recognition of
Soutphommasane explains the confusion on what Anzac day meant to him, he states; ‘As a teenager, I found myself at a loss when other’s at school spoke about the sacrifice made by our ‘forebears’ in defending the Australian way of life.’ This is an insight thought that give’s the reader an idea on what he was thinking at that time. The author also touches on multiculturalism and how many cultures feel that to them, Anzac day should be commemorated in different way’s that fits in with their culture. The use of extensive language the author uses give’s his arguments more effectiveness. From his usage of descriptive words to give the reader visualisation to the theme’s of ‘appeal to
Hayden and Carver both expressed feelings of love, a sense of regret, and how their fathers provided for the family. At one point both authors were unappreciative of the hard work their fathers did, but then expressed love towards their fathers in their writings. In Hayden’s poem he states “What did I know, what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices?” Although his father was harsh and angry, Hayden finally becomes aware that he did love his father. Similarly, in Carver’s short story he writes in a poem in which it states, “Father, I Love you.” This was the first and only time Carver mentioned the word “I Love you” although in his short story he showed love through his actions. Unfortunately, Carver’s love toward his father was put in writing after his father’s death.
Line 3 is symbolic of the persona holding onto his father’s memory and not wanting to let go of the short time they spent together. Therefore, instead of letting go of his fathers memory, he puts a positive spin on the negative situation comparing the beating to waltzing. The tone in stanza two is somewhat resentful from his mothers point of view. This is because they’re rough housing caused her pans to slide from off of the kitchen shelf. It can be inferred from the last two lines in the stanza that the personas mother was displeased and concerned only with her pots and pans.
KHALO ED AFRICAN ENCOUNTERS The relationship between the two characters is based on emotional dependence. Hally is heartbroken and angry with the type of relationship he has with his father. He dreads having his own father around with the fear of not experiencing the love he needs from him. He in turn uses Sam as filler for his father's absence. Hally's relationship with Sam would have impacted his life regardless of Apartheid laws and his relationship with his father.