The texts I have studied have enhanced my understanding of the concept of belonging in its many forms and types. Belonging is ignited through connections with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world. The poetry by Peter Skrzynecki and the film Submarine by Richard Ayoade show the theme of belonging through unique and specific language techniques and features, such as imagery, repetition and structure, these methods give us an understanding of how a sense of belonging is achieved.
The poems “Migrant Hostel” and “St. Patrick’s College” by Peter Skrzynecki both adequately convey the theme of belonging. The Poem “Migrant Hostel is about the adaptation of immigrants to the Australian way of life. Through imagery it is established that the immigrants never felt like they were settled and they were always moving, unable to establish significant and meaningful connections, they moved like “birds of Passage”, this establishes how the immigrants never gained a sense of belonging as there was a lack of connection made to the new places they were moved to. Skrzynecki expresses though “nationalities sought each other out instinctively” that the immigrants felt sought out these people to whom they felt a connection with, with whom they felt a sense of belonging culturally, and socially. The poem “Migrant Hostel” also depicts hardships and emotional challenges the migrants experience trying to adapt to their new place. Past connections and ties with families, religion and culture have been sacrificed for hopes of new opportunity and beginnings. This poem expresses how people and connections with people allow for a sense of belonging. The immigrants had a lack of social stability, resulting in a sense of loss of connection and security, creating a desire for human companionship; for them to seek out someone with similar heritage. The simile of “We lived like birds of passage” expresses the constant state of change and transition, how this is a