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Belonging is connections made with people places groups communities and the larger world The text Feliks Skrzynecki and Migrant Hostel by Peter S and Silver City by Sophia Turkiewicz all shows the aspects of belonging and not belonging Feliks Skryznecki gives a detailed poetic portrait which offers readers a glimpse into a complex and enigmatic man from the subjective perspective of his son Visual imagery and remembered elements about the fathers appearance work leisure activities friends attitudes and beliefs serves a dual purpose It helps shape our perceptions of his father figure while also informing about the relationship the poet shared with his gentle father Feliks is depicted as a strong determined hardworking and reliable man whose personality is marked by inner strength Throughout the poem Skrzynecki shows admiration for his fathers patient positivity in facing the hardships of his life such as five years of forced labour and cancerThe garden is a place that Feliks creates in order to belong He treasures his garden and is empowered by his bond with the soil Repetitious work and labour provides him with a sense of security and purpose Feliks does not belong in the surrounding Australian culture and so he cares his own world in the safety and beauty of his garden Spent years walking its perimeterfrom sunrise to sleep illustrates the physical restrictions of where he feels he belongs He has created a place to belong by surrounding himself with rewarding physical activity He is portrayed as hardworking- a man of few words whose actions speak volumes and who prides himself on work achieved Both the sound and meaning of the words Alert brisk and silent reveal a compressed and purposeful energy The images of a powerful manual worker whose hands are darkened and cracked like the sods he broke reveal the safety and security that can be achieved by physical labourBelonging to his new home in Australia where he has grown up It is
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