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Compare 'Island Man' with one other poem, to show how the poets use people to explain the conflict that can exist between and within different cultures.

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Compare 'Island Man' with one other poem, to show how the poets use people to explain the conflict that can exist between and within different cultures. People are at the centre all communities. They embody the values, customers and ideas that particular culture possesses. By examining how people behave and think, it is possible to gain a greater understanding of how their cultural roots affect them. 'Island Man' describes how an immigrant in London reacts to his environment as he dreams of his Caribbean home. In contrast, the people in 'Two Scavengers...' all live in San Francisco, but lead totally different lives there. 'Island Man' uses structure to show the conflicting and confused waking thoughts of the man. ...read more.

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The word "wombing" suggests the sense of security his homeland offers him, in contrast to the faceless "dull North Circular roar" of London. Contrast is also used in 'Two Scavengers...', but here it is the contrast of the different types of people: the woman is "casually coifed", the older man is "grungy". Although the young men's hair and glasses are similar, their appearances are mostly very different; the "hip three-piece linen suit" conflicts with the "red plastic blazers". The use of vocabulary is effective in both poems. Some words, such as "soar", "roar" and "surge" have double meanings: they are positive when they relate to his island, but have negative meanings in London. ...read more.

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The feelings revealed in 'Two Scavengers...' are very one-sided, as we have the envy of the poor, "as if they were watching some odorless TV ad / in which everything is always possible," contrasting with the uncaring attitudes of the rich, who don't even seem to notice the truck or its passengers. The poet's attitude here is one of despair at this unequal society. 'Island Man' has made me more aware how it might feel to be trapped in a foreign country, while 'Two Scavengers...' starkly highlights the divisions in American society. The poems have made me hope that in the future, society will be more equal and that governments who promise equal opportunities for all will deliver on what they say. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kamran Adnan (11 S2) Poem Comparison: 'Island Man', 'Two Scavengers...' ...read more.

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