Not Belonging

The idea of belonging is an important and fundamental value in our lives. Belonging commonly emerges from experience and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding.
Good morning year 11 My name is Kayla Ryan and am here to talk to you about the concept of not belonging and how Peter Skrynecki demonstrates it in three of his   poems that I have chosen to use. I will also talk to you about two other sources I have found that also demonstrates the feeling of not belonging one a song and film clip by American band Blink 182 and the other a well known scene from The Lion King. A sense of belonging is the feeling of being connected and accepted within one's family,friends,groups or even a place, so to feel a sense of not belonging you feel as if you are not connected to something you should or may want to be. You feel alienated and as if your out of place the way a migrant would feel when moving to a new country, feeling alone and lost with no sense of belonging.

Not belonging is represented in various ways throughout Peter Skrynecki's poems “Migrant Hostel” 'St Pats College" & 'Feliks Skrynecki' Each of the texts has a wide range of ideas on how not belonging is created though personal experiences and notion of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding.

When a group of “new comers” is living among a new society, their sense of
belonging will be challenged because of the lack of relationship and understanding of
the new place that they have just met. In “Migrant Hostel” it shows us what the
migrants will have to face   in a new environment they are about to experience. The contrast between the title, Migrant hostel as a accommodation of migrants, and the detached tone in “arrivals of new comers” and “Sudden departures from adjoining blocks”, has expressed out the constantly changing of environment, relationship and identity of the migrant, the uses of word such as “Sudden departures” also give us a sense...