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Compare 'Nothing's Changed to 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes', showing how the poets reveal their ideas and feelings about the cultures and traditions that they are writing about.

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Introduction

Compare 'Nothing's Changed to 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes', showing how the poets reveal their ideas and feelings about the cultures and traditions that they are writing about. The poem 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' has been chosen to be compared to 'Nothing's Changed'. The two poets Tatamkhulu Afrika and Lawrence Ferlinghetti reveal their ideas and feelings about the cultures and traditions that they have talked about through the tone, language and the structure of the poem. The reader can notice that both poets reveal that in an angry way. The poem that Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote tells us how the poor people feel about the rich when they see them living and staying in a better place than they are. ...read more.

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The poem 'Nothing's Changed' is written in the present tense. Even though he is talking about a past experience, it's like it is happening now. This is one of the features that were used in the language to make us read the poem. The poet uses alliteration in all the stanzas except stanza four. In the first stanza he used alliteration when he used the words cuffs, cans and crunch. In the third stanza the poet uses alliteration on 'g'. He also uses rhythmic echo in 'hands', 'bones' and 'lungs' in the second stanza. Repetition and assonance is also used in the second stanza. Sound pattern has been used in the fifth stanza. All this shows how the poet reveals his ideas and feelings about his culture and tradition. So the language he used helped him a lot to reveal his thoughts and feelings. ...read more.

Conclusion

The fourth stanza has a very unusual length. It just has two short lines. The structure reveals the poet's feelings and ideas towards his culture. The structure used in 'Two Scavengers ...' is quite simple. It is written in four stanzas of varying length. The layout is fairly free, that tells us how the poet feels towards the culture that he is talking about. The layout of the poem is very unusual and is easily noticeable. Similar to 'Nothing's Changed' the structure of this poem also tells us a lot about the culture & traditions of the poet. The two poets reveal their ideas and feelings about the cultures and traditions that they are speaking about in many ways using the tone, language and the structure of the poem. Both the poets show us that they are angry about the events that are taking place in the poem. Both the poems are political in viewpoint. I personally found 'Two Scavengers...' more interesting than 'Nothing's Changed' because of its layout and unusual storyline. ...read more.

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