Asama Wew

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MIGRANT ASAMA WEW

The concept of belonging is dealt with in the poems Migrant Hostel and 10 Mary Street through constant images throughout the poem created by Skrzynecki. The composer of the poems has decided to portray the way the family feels from when they are moved out of the hostel to when they actually have a home and feel as if they belong to the land where the house is situated.

Migrant Hostel is a poem composed by Peter Skrzynecki. It is a moving account of the experiences of migrants living in an overly-crowded lodge. The first stanza captures the temporary nature of the immigrants stay at the hostel; comings and goings, arrivals of newcomers and sudden departure. Skrzynecki’s intention is to uncover the discrimination existing subconsciously within human thought. This relates to the concept of belonging. Belonging is a basic human need. Through cultural groups, age and socio-economic status individuals can gain acceptance by others and in turn, have an identity towards belonging. The quote “nationalities sought each other out instinctively” shows that an individual’s primary means differentiation is based on cultural heritage.

The us of alliteration in Migrant hostel really stands out. The quote “that left us wondering who would be coming next” makes use of the soft ‘w’ sound. This fabricates hopelessness and weakness as the migrants are naive of what is going on around them. Foreigners are manipulated, oppressed and alienated which destroys their chance of truly belonging. The imagery used in the quote “like a homing pigeon circling to get its bearings” compares the migrants to a bird. Pigeons travel their entire lives which symbolises the eternal migration of foreigners within Australia. Thus they can never fully belong as a member of the country. Barriers such as discrimination, social unrest and stereotypes exclude migrants from dominant culture.

In the poem Feliks Skrzynecki, his fathers love for the...
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