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Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes a poem by American poet, Lawrence Fernlinghetti. In this poem, he showed an insignificant, everyday incident - a meeting of a garbage truck and an elegant open Mercedes to make

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"Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People In a Mercedes" "Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes" a poem by American poet, Lawrence Fernlinghetti. In this poem, he showed an insignificant, everyday incident - a meeting of a garbage truck and "an elegant open Mercedes" - to make reader think about the important issue of the differences between social classes. Two pairs of people meet together in downtown San Francisco as they were stopped by a red traffic light. The poem describes their meeting: Two garbage men are returning from their work, all dirty and "grungy" and an elegant young couple, perfectly clean on their way to work. Fernlinghetti by using colours, an extended metaphor and vivid descriptions emphasis as the huge social gap between these two pairs who normally would not meet in everyday life but have been brought together by this incident. ...read more.

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In addition he wears "a hip three-piece linen suit". Lien is a comfortable, expensive material and is used to show the wealth of this man. A young blonde woman sitting in the Mercedes is "causally coifed" and wears a short skirt with coloured stockings. Fernlinghetti shows the reader the huge contrast in the standard of living between these two couples and way that they live. All four live in the same city but are worlds apart, however, they still rely on each other. Without garbage men, an elegant couple would live in an environment surrounded by large amounts of waste. Without the elegant couple, garbage men would have no people to work for. The expression describing blonde women as "casually coifed" is an oxymoron. ...read more.

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They are probably convinced that they will never be like the young couple and can only dream, in the words of Fernlinghetti: "as if they were watching some odorless TV ad". However the Mercedes couple continue to ignore garbage men: they mean nothing to them and are not a In the last part of poem, Lawrence Fernlinghetti develops an extended metaphor and compares the world to a sea and the social gap between two couples to a small gulf. He does so to set blame on the ideas on democracy and the government for "expanding" the social gap rather than "closing" it. "Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes" was written to make his readers think about their own lives and their own role in the society. Lawrence Fernlinghetti's writing skill allowed him to turn an everyday life's incident into a thought-provoking short poem. ...read more.

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