Belonging is a basic need of a human. A sense of belonging of a person shows the connection of that person to a place, people and communities. The personâ€™s identity and personality, therefore, is influenced by their sense of belonging. Skrzynecki has explored that a personâ€™s personality and identity can be shaped by making own choices. The poet has â€œSt. Patrickâ€™s Collegeâ€ as an example of how choosing not to belong can affect oneâ€™s personality and identity. Skrzynecki also uses â€œ10 Mary Streetâ€ to express that choosing to belong to his house can do the same thing. One of the best books from Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, â€œThe Deathly Hallowsâ€, also hyperbolises this ...view middle of the document...
This reference of time stresses the length of stay at a place where he doesnâ€™t feel belonging. â€œLike a foreign tourist,â€ simile has been used to state the fact that he feels like a stranger to the school even though he has been there for a long time, the fact that he is not a part of this school for even one day. The last stanza is where more positive tones are used. The reason for that is because Skrzynecki can finally leave this school and live his own life. However, negative image still appears through this stanza when he says:
â€Our Lady still watching
Above, unchanged by eight yearsâ€™ weather.â€
This personification and metaphor are used to punctuate that the poetâ€™s emotions towards the school are still the same as the first day he came to â€œSt. Patâ€™sâ€, the fact that he didnâ€™t get any education but all he got was religion. Towards the end of the poem, metaphor is one again used when Skrzynecki expresses his feeling when heâ€™s leaving St. Patrickâ€™s College:
â€œThat the darkness around me
Wasnâ€™t â€˜for the bestâ€™
Before I let my life shineâ€
St. Patrickâ€™s College is described as the darkness that prevents Skrzynecki from shining his own â€œlifeâ€. For eight years, he has to put up with all the religion that he can never understand and thereâ€™s not even one day that he feels a sense of belonging there. He couldnâ€™t find any sense of belonging in this place and he created his own personality in a different way the school want him to be. His choice of not belonging is shown clearly with the fact that he wants education, not religion
If â€œSt. Patrickâ€™s Collegeâ€ emphasises how Skrzynecki chooses not to belong, â€œ10 Mary Streetâ€ is a perfect example of how his identity is shaped by his choice to belong to the house. With the use of different language techniques such as simile, descriptive and inclusive language and imagery, the poetâ€™s house has become closer and closer to the readers. An image of a place where Skrzynecki and his family called home â€œfor nineteen yearsâ€ through the use of descriptive words:
â€œUnder the rusty bucket:â€
This creates a vivid image and shows Skrzyneckiâ€™s familiarity with the family home. The simile â€œLike a well-oiled lock evokes a comforting image of trouble free family. The â€œlock and keyâ€ imagery emphasises the sense of family in this â€œfamily homeâ€. Assonance and colloquial language are used to reinforce the everyday nature of familyâ€™s routine. This causes the many effects to the readers as it creates an everyday lifeâ€™s picture.
During the second stanza, the garden from â€œFeliks Skrzyneckiâ€ is mentioned as the poet presents:
â€œTended roses and camellias
Like adopted childrenâ€
The garden imagery is used to depict the positive quality of his home life. Heâ€™s re-stating to the image of his fatherâ€™s â€œchildrenâ€ in â€œFeliks Skrzyneckiâ€. Skrzynecki describes himself as â€œa hungry birdâ€ to reinforce...