Feliks Skrzynecki- Peter Skrzynecki Peter Skrzynecki's poem "Feliks Skrzynecki" explores the complex idea about belonging. The poem suggests that belonging comes from a connection to place and people, people can choose to belong and that belonging can be modified over time. Feliks in the poem feels a close connection to places and people. He is described at the beginning of the poem with the use of a simile, as loving "his garden like an only child", and the hyperbole sweeping "its paths ten times around the world." The simile and hyperbole evoke a sense of his dedication to his garden and his paternal feelings towards it, connecting to this place like a father connects to an only child.
Skrzynecki feels excluded while his family reminisce of Poland and jealous of his father’s stoic nature. The irony is that while learning the dead language of Latin he forgets his own language “Stumbling over tenses in Caesar’s Gallic Wars, I forgot my first Polish word.” He is frustrated however by his lack of cultural identity unlike Feliks who is expressed as being “happy as I have ever been”: having known exactly where he belongs. Skrzynecki articulates that he is metaphorically “pegging my tents - Further and further south of Hadrian’s Wall.” Hadrian’s Wall being what his father considers his cultural sanctuary, specifically the garden he
A gutless fucking wonder!’ When Blacky explains to his father about the storm, Bob insults him rather than swallow his pride and takes his son’s advice on board. The relationship that is shared between Blacky and his father has negatively impacted Blacky’s self-esteem so much that it has led to him not having faith in his own father and to expect no support. During the novel, the desertion that Bob shows toward his son leads Blacky to be more independent, and he learns to expect no support from his father, as he cannot rely on Bob to look after him. The grand final, and Dumby Red’s funeral are examples of when Gary seeks his father’s input,
The poem explores Feliks' relationship with his garden, his friends and his son, Peter Skrzynecki. Feliks "Loved his garden like an only child," where the garden serves as a symbolic extension of Europe, his home.This also shows the nurturing side of Feliks and Peter Skrzynecki`s yearning to also be treated with that much care, but failing to do so as he witholds no connection to European culture. "Spent years walking its perimeter, from
The garden is his world, for which he feels affinity and security in it, allowing a sense of belonging. However, The physical perimeters evoked around the garden, limits his enrichment of belonging. This is demonstrated through the The use of hyperbole. For example, Effect emphases of how Felik’s cherishs his garden in order to feel a sense of belonging. This is depected in “Ten times around the world”, allowing an overuse exaggeration of how important the garden is to feliks.
Through the use of literary and film techniques both texts successfully illustrate how belonging is integral to humanity and that it is physically, emotionally and intellectually needed for mankind to have companionship in order to find a sense of place in the world. Skryznecki’s “Migrant Hostel” talks about where he and his family spent living in after immigrating to Australia from Poland. He describes the unpleasant migrant journey indicating a sense of belonging as well as alienation. E.g. 1 Simile is used in the lines “Nationalities sought each other out instinctively, like a homing pigeon”.
For one family it was already crowded. What they did later on when the population increased, they started putting two families in the single-family house. This lead to the whole city being overcrowded which lead to unsanitary living. The landlords never did the job right. The landlord didn’t give the immigrants a place to put their garbage so they just put it in the hallway, or just throw it out on the street.
In Peter Skrzynecki’s poem Migrant Hostel, themes of belonging and not belonging are shown through many different techniques. The inclusive terms he uses such as ‘ us’ and ‘we’ indicates some sense of belonging amongst all the other migrants as comrades to be in the same situation. Although amongst the members there were still priorities of who to find a sense of belonging with, which were people from the same culture. This is given by the lines “nationality sought each other out instinctively” suggesting that to find a sense of belonging amongst other people. Some one from the same kind is what you usually search for.
He has received a considerate amount of criticism for his actions, for being unprepared, for ruining the hope of ever reconciling with his family, the list goes on and on. His critics are correct; after all he did not have the experience nor the equipment for such an exploit, nor will his family ever be able to with bury the hatchet now that he is dead, but do all of these criticisms mean that Chris did not live a meaningful life? How could he have? His family is grieving because of his actions, and not only that but so are the people he met along the way, he could not have lived a meaningful life while hurting so many people. Or could he?
The uncertain quality and impermanence of the hostel creates both a metaphoric and a literal barrier for the migrants to find that sense of belonging. The juxtaposition of “No one kept count of all the comings and goings” implies a sense of confusion and instability. This is an emphasis on the face that nothing is permanent and the migrants are forced to lead uncertain lives, left wondering “who would be coming next”. The constant changes that happened everyday in the hostel prevent migrants from discovering a sense of place, leaving them lost and confused about their sense of self. The hostel provides a prison-like life and social group to which the migrants belong.