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Comparing two poems ""Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes and "Vultures" In this section I will be comparing two poems on the theme politics and inequality "Nothing's changed" by Tatamkhulu Afrika and "Vultures" by Chinua Achebe. "Nothings changed" is about the poet talking about where he lived "District Six" and how it was a mixed-race area, but when apartheid was introduced in South Africa it become a white only area this shows the equality there was between the black and white people. Now under Nelson Mandela's government, it's supposedly mixed again but Afrika sees little difference. The poem "Vultures" is about the poet comparing the two vultures that have disgusting eating habits, but they are still capable of affection for each other and the Nazi officer who is cruel and murderous during the day but a loving father and husband when he comes home. ...read more.

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"Down the road" this shows the inn and the cafe are close to each other, but completely separate. Also harshness and bitterness is shown in the poem, "it's in the bone" this could mean that black people have lived like this for so long that it now seems natural. In the last line of the poem "nothing's changed" this ends the poem with on a negative note and he doesn't see any difference in post-apartheid South Africa. This makes the poet feel very angry. Similes and metaphors are used in the poem "flaring like a flag" this simile shows the proud and insulting dominance of the inn - it seems to be taunting him "glass" this metaphor shows a barrier keeping him out and he can see how the white people live but he can't enter. ...read more.

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Anger is also shown as he feels his country has been neglected "seeding grasses". Bitterness and resentment is shown in his contrasting descriptions of the white people's inn and the black people's cafe. In vultures the poet also has many feeling and attitudes towards the poem one feeling that Achebe shows is puzzlement he shows this in lines (41-51) as he is unsure about how to look at the fact that people are capable of both kindness and cruelty. The poet also finds the appearance and behaviour of the vultures (8-21) and the commandant (30-35) unpleasant but he's not shocked by it. From nothing's changed a quote that stood out for me was "it's in the bone" this makes me feel upset for the black people as where they have lived in inequality for so long it's like there meant to be treated like that and that they don't know any different any more. ...read more.

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