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Comparing poems of different cultures

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Each poem is unique in its own way. They are all aimed at a specific thing or try to get a message across to the reader. But then again, many poems may well be related to one another. They may be related in an obvious way or a way which is more intricate and harder to identify. 'Night of the Scorpion' and 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' are no exception. They are both unique yet they both are contrasting two things in the poem. In the poem 'Night of the Scorpion', Nissim Ezekiel compares the differences between one sceptic man and a whole village of superstitious people. In the poem 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes', Lawrence Ferlinghetti writes about the differences between the rich and poor. In the rest of this essay, I will compare these two poems. I will first describe each poem in separately and then compare the different aspects of the poems in together. ...read more.

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much pain to talk (she "twisted...groaning on a mat"), but she only thinks of her children, and thanks God the scorpion has spared them. In the poem, 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes', the first thing you notice is that the title of the poem gives away the subject of the poem. It is obvious that the poem is about the contrasting lives of people; specifically, the rich and the poor. The poem is quite simple to understand and the poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti tries to give you the exact image of where and when this is happening. ("downtown San Francisco", "yellow garbage truck" and "red plastic blazers") The two different groups of people are coincidently stopped at the same traffic light in a position to see each other. The two garbage men are hanging onto the sides of the garbage truck whereas the "beautiful people" are in their Mercedes. The garbage men have been up since 4 a.m. ...read more.

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We are made to think that because Nissim Ezekiel writes in a free style and conversational manner. In conclusion for 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes', I would like to say that the poem reflects on the primary American belief that 'all men are created equal' - and the red light is democratic, because it stops everyone. It holds them together "as if anything at all were possible between them". They are separated by a "small gulf" and the gulf is "in the high seas of this democracy" - which suggests that, with courage and effort, anyone can cross it. But because the poet started this statement with "as if", we do not know if this is an illusion or a real possibility. Ultimately, both these poems 'Night of the Scorpion' and 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' contrast the different aspects of culture and primary views of people and communities. Each person or community have different beliefs on how to deal with various problems. In some cases, their specific customs are able to work and in other cases, they are not. ...read more.

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