Peter shows these feelings of isolation and alienation from his culture and homeland in "Feliks" in the third, fifth and seventh stanzas.
In the third stanza he uses the negative word "violently" in connection with the cultural handshake of his fathers polish friends.
The poem "ancestors" further compounds Peter's feelings of alienation from his culture, heritage and land of birth while the poem "10 Mary Street" investigates the alienation immigrants can feel in their new homeland and the resentment they feel towards the idea of assimilation. The words opening line "My gentle father" shows that Peter Skrzynecki loves and respects his father and set the tone for the poem; however a feeling of ..more. This symbolises Peter's isolation and feeling of alienation from his culture and ancestry.
This feeling is further compounded throughout the poem and the line "how long is their wait to be?
It is through this that individuals also gain acceptance within a community or culture and empowers oneself both at a personal and collaborative level.
However with these positive notions of belonging inevitably come consequences of not belonging.The texts “The Crucible” (“TC”) by Arthur Miller, “Rockstar” by Nickelback and “The Pursuit of Happyness” is a movie starring Will Smith display several different aspects of belonging.The concept explored by Arthur Miller in “TC” is the conflict between different groups and the ramifications of belonging to a group.From these poems we can surmise that all humans have a need to belong, whether it is belonging in their family, in their cultural heritage, their homeland or the land where they now live.We also learn that belonging is an ambiguous thing that cannot be easily defined or had, one cannot belong simply because one wants to, you either belong or you don't and for some reason, no matter how hard you try it will always be down to the acceptance of others and not your acceptance of them. Peter Skrzynecki uses the theme of not belonging in his poems to contrast, and thereby better convey, his ideas on belonging.The poem "Feliks" explores the relationship between Peter and his father and represents Peter's ideas about belonging by contrasting his immigrant father's sense of belonging with his own sense of belonging as a youth torn between two culturally opposing worlds while at the same time exploring the alienation Peter feels from his fathers world. Introduction Peter Skrzynecki explores various aspects of belonging and not belonging in his poems "ancestors", "Feliks", and "10 Mary Street".Using language techniques such as enjambment, simile, metaphor and alliteration Peter Skrzynecki broadens the reader's concept of belonging through the medium of poetry.The poem "10 Mary Street" focuses on the idea of immigrants belonging or not belonging to their new homeland.Throughout these poems Peter Skrzynecki uses many language techniques along with the theme of not belonging to explore his ideas about belonging.