Poems: Poetry and Film Karate Kid

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‘An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging’ Discuss this view with details reference to your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing. Belonging is to feel an affliction with someone or something. An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging. The Poems “Feliks Skrzynecki” and St Patrick’s College written by Peter Skrzynecki explore the different and powerful influences that impact on an individual’s sense of belonging and the different aspects of belonging effectively, using poetic and literary techniques to convey meaning. The Film Karate Kid, directed by Harald Zwart also explores similar aspects of belonging effectively, through the use of film technique.

In the poem “Feliks Skrzynecki” Peter Skrzynecki, presents a detailed poetic representation of his father Feliks, using visual imagery, poetic and literary technique to help shape the readers perceptions of his father whilst also informing the reader of the relationship Peter Skrzynecki shared with his father Feliks. Feliks identity is represented as a strong, determined and hardworking man who’s personality is marked by inner strength – “alert, brisk and silent” in that Peter admires. Peter represents his admiration using a Possessive Pronoun in the First Stanza – “My” is seen as the possessive pronoun to establish the respected relationship between father & son Peter also suggests his “Five years of forced labour” to further emphasis on his father’s inner strength and Peters admiration. Feliks Polish identity is a key component of his identity, which limited his experience of belonging after his migration. Peter speaks of his father’s reminiscences, experiences and cultural interactions shared with friends which enriched his sense of belonging- “Talking, they reminisced” “About farms where paddocks flowered with corn and wheat” “They...
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