Peter Skrzynecki - Belonging

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Peter Skrzynecki - BELONGING

Belonging is feeling a sense of acceptance, familiarity and unity, whether it is in a group of friends, family or within the community; however, barriers to belonging can exist. Peter Skrzynecki’s poem 10 Mary Street, emphasizes belonging to the family. Skrzynecki’s poem St Patrick College, depicts alienation in a community. The advertisement, Financial Disadvantage is About More Then Just Money, by the Smith Family, explores the idea of not being able to belonging to society.

Belong to the family is reflected in Peter Skrzynecki’s poem 10 Mary Street, which explores the strong connection the Skrzynecki family develops with each other and their new home in Australia. The use of anaphora with the collective pronoun “we” emphasizes the unity of the family existence.As the poet depicts the habitual routine of the family, which is shown through the simile of “like a well-oiled lock”, he evokes a comforting image of familiarity. The use of imagery to portray the poet’s home displays a positive and caring environment, where vegetables and flowers flourish under care, representative of the family unit. We know from the poem Feliks Skrzynecki, that the poets father is the gardener..... The home was also a place where the family was able to preserve “pre-war Europe,” and maintain their cultural identity, through the exchange of memories, and the sharing of cultural food. Sustaining these cultural customs fostered a connection between migrants as they were able to share in each others experiences. Overall this poem is the portrayal of a cohesive family unit, working and living harmoniously together.

In contrast, not belonging to a Community is demonstrated in Peter Skrzynecki’s poem St. Patricks College, which is a reflective piece that explores his institutional alienation. Skrzynecki’s mother enrolled him in St. Patricks College when she first saw the “uniforms of her employers sons.” She wanted to give her son every...
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