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Compare the ways in which the poets present people in two of these poems

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Compare the ways in which the poets present people in two of these poems In 'Nothing's Changed' and 'Two Scavengers' the poets, Tatamkhulu Afrika and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, present people successfully in these two poems. Both poets use the same techniques, such as the theme and setting, language, structure and the feeling expressed in the poems. By using these devices, the reader is able to gain an insight to how the poets present people to show the importance of different cultures. Firstly, in these two poems, the poets use the theme of inequality, but in different ways. In 'Nothing's Changed', the theme is about racial inequality. The poet, Afrika, goes back to District Six in Cape Town after the end of racial segregation in South Africa, known as the Apartheid, but only to realize that the area which is supposed to be a mixed-race area again, still seems to be a 'whites only' area. ...read more.

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Both poets use contrasting images effectively to highlight the differences between the people and to create a division between two different races and social classes. The structure in 'Nothing's Changed is not a free verse poem because it is set out in six stanzas each with eight lines and ending with a full stop. The use of regularity in the layout produces a sense of control and shows that the poet clearly knows how he feels about the area. On the other hand, 'Two Scavengers' is a free verse poem with no regular pattern of syllables and no punctuation. This implies that the poem represents an instant moment in America in which two different types of people are described in great detail. Some lines are also short and others start in the middle of the page. This helps to emphasise the idea of the garbage men 'looking down into an elegant open Mercedes'. ...read more.

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In the same way, the Ferlinghetti is also outraged at the inequality present in 'Two Scavengers'. He is astonished and concerned about the growing gap between the rich and the poor, 'as if anything at all were possible/between them...' This is clearly irony because the poet is saying that anything can happen, but the use of 'as if' suggests that it is actually not possible, which also makes us feel sympathy for the garbage men. In both of these poems, the poets use the same techniques efficiently to present people, but in different ways. Although these poems are set in two different situations, there is still inequality existing in the society, and we can feel that both poets do not have a positive attitude towards these poems. They both highlight the divisions between two different races and social classes. Hopefully, in the future, the people would not judge each other for their appearance, racial and social class and culture because then, it would make the society more equal. ...read more.

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