Question: (15 marks)
Explore how perceptions of belonging and not belonging can be influenced by connections to
In your response, refer to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing. In The Immigrant Chronicle written by Peter Skryznecki, the poems; “Feliks Skryznecki”, “Migrant Hostel” and “10 Mary Street”, perceptions are explored through belonging to places and spaces. Responders explore the physical, emotional and psychological places characters inhabit and move between. Skryznecki uses his garden, a hostel and his own home to explore the perceptions of belonging and not belonging, which can be influenced by connections to places.
Feliks Skryznecki is a subdued poem in tribute to his father, a common labourer, whose dignity, integrity and resolute principles leave a lasting impression on his son. The simile is used to represent Feliks’s garden as his home, where he says, “ loved his garden like an only child” in stanza 1. The impact of the garden being a symbolism of his old home back in Poland shows a moment where Feliks shares a sense of belonging with his own personal environment and also shares a personal connection with his garden as he is committed and visits regularly. Skryznecki foregrounds to the responder Feliks Skrzynecki’s perception of belonging to the past through conversation and remembering.
Feliks Skryznecki is a man who lives by his own standards, a non-conformist, not influenced by those around him. Despite his outwardly toughness, Peter claims him as “My gentle father” and “the softness of his blue eyes”, indicating his dual nature; tough and uncompromising at work, soft and gentle inner nature at home. The disconnection between father and son comes from the inability to retain his Polish Heritage fully. He cannot relate to the Polish friends, with their violent handshakes, their formal address, their reminiscing about farming in Poland; he even begins to forget some...
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