Different People Have Different Perceptions of Belonging Speech
Good morning year 12 and thankyou for coming. Today I am here to discuss with you how “different people have different perceptions of belonging” through the analysis of Peter Skrzynecki’s poems ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ and ‘St Patrick’s College’. As well as my own related texts, My place Episode 2.
So what is belonging? Well perceptions and ideas of belonging or not belonging vary. These perceptions are shaped within personal, cultural, historical and social context. A sense of belonging can emerge from the connections made with people, place, group, communities and the larger world. Within Peter Skrzynecki’s poems, and My Place I will discuss with you …show more content…
In “St Patricks College” Peter Skrzynecki paints a rather monotonous, lonely image of his school life. Peter’s perception of his belonging does not change overtime despite having been at the school for eight years. In the first stanza Peter explains the motives for his mother to send him to St Patricks College. “Impressed by the uniforms/ of her employer’s sons’/ Mother enrolled me at St Pat’s” this quote relates back to “keeping up with the Joneses” which in ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ Peter admires his father for not caring about the standards set by his neighbours.
The details of his peters school life are not anecdotes of belonging but rather reflect Peters lack of a sense of belonging. “Caught the