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Comparing Nothing(TM)s changed with Two scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful people in Mercedes

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Comparing "Nothing's changed" with "Two scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful people in Mercedes" Both poems "Nothing's Changed" and "Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes" describe there individual societies in a great deal. It is obvious to the reader what the poets thinks of the societies and poet makes it very hard for the reader to disagree with there point of view. "Nothing's Changed" was written by Tatamkhulu Afrika who lived in a multi-cultural area called District 6, which was once an affluent area but has turned into something close to a slum. The poem is set just after the apartheid ended. Apartheid was the racial, political, and economic segregation of non-European people that literally means "separateness." The narrator feels strongly about how the phrase apartheid has been abolished but racial discrimination still exists. ...read more.


Reading the poem, I found it hard to disagree with the point he powerfully makes. The contrast he creates between the fine dining of the "linen" and "single rose" of the white's only inn" and the "working man's caf�" where the black people are forced to eat seems so unfair that I found myself feeling angry at the end of this poem. This was a similar experience to how I felt in "Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes" as the unfair reality of how different people living in the same area can live such different lives. Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote "Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes". The poem highlights the differences between rich and poor and the working classes, as well as democracy and equality. ...read more.


I think this contrasts from "Nothing's Changed" as it seems to be all very serious. As in "Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes" both pairs of people have jobs and have some status in society. Whereas in "Nothing's Changed" black people have no status at all in society. At the end of "Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes", the poet seems to ask whether America really is a democracy. This is a weird question because compared with South Africa; San Francisco is in a much better state. It seems to me that both places have once been cool places to live but have deteriorated over time. In conclusion, although both poets use a different tone, structure and style of language in their poems, they are both clear that they find it hard to tolerate the inequalities of the societies they live in. ...read more.

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