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  1. Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes a poem by American poet, Lawrence Fernlinghetti. In this poem, he showed an insignificant, everyday incident - a meeting of a garbage truck and an elegant open Mercedes to make

    The garbage truck is "bright yellow" and garbage men wear "red plastic blazer" and here Fernlinghetti uses primary colours to show simplicity of garbage men's work. The material which is used for men's clothing suggests they clothing is cheap and uncomfortable. The first man is an old man with "grey iron hair", a hunched back and gargoyle appearance. Fernlinghetti names this old guy "Quasimodo" to illustrate his appearance as it is a reference to a well-known story about Notre Dame's bell-ringer.

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  2. Compare the two poems Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes by Laurence Ferlinghetti and Island man by Grace Nichols.

    The poem includes the 'island man' waking up in London but dreaming of waking up in his home country. The poem gives us a picture of two different worlds and is based on dreams and reality. Both poems use shape to their advantage. In the poem "Two scavengers..." the author writes a poem not in stanzas but in 5 simple sections. Ferlinghetti presents both characters alternatively, using one of the sections to describe the bin men and the next for the rich couple. The reason the author did this was to show the inequality between the two sets of people.

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    It brings you in the film and what got me hooked the most was the use of slow motion. Also when Neo shoots his opponents is really exhilarating as he blows up a lot of stuff. As I mentioned before there are a lot of destruction involved. I really enjoyed the close ups. However on the other hand the bad points are neo and trinity shot so many times but they never seem to die. This is why I dislike it at times as you would expect that after some time the police officers will die but they didn't.

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  4. Compare the ways in which the poets present characters in

    and working for a long period of time, unlike the "elegant couple" who are still on "the way to his architect's office" at "nine a.m.", therefore they have not even begun to work yet. The comparison of the bin man with the "gargoyle Quasimodo" gives the reader the image that the bin man is hideous compared to the "elegant man". On the other hand, the "elegant woman is "casually coifed", meaning she is stylishly and comfortably arranged dissimilar to the garbage man with a "hunched back".

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  5. Compare how Society is presented in 'Nothings Changed' and 'Two Scavengers in a truck two beautiful People in a Mercedes.'

    'A stone a bomb', he feels that this would relieve him of the anger and pain he is feeling after having his home taken off him. He wants to break through the barrier between him and the pompous white people who are higher up in the hierarchy than he is and it should not be like that, as he is the true owner of this land. ' The skin about my bones, the soft labouring of his lungs', he had to work for this part of town and his life, this makes him angry and wanting to fight back, to kill and destroy.

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  6. Compare how the two poets explore cultural issues in their work

    The first verse of the poem sets the scene of the man walking through district six, a part of Cape Town. The poet uses descriptive phrases such as 'bearded seeds into trouser cuffs, cans trodden on, crunch...' The words describe the untidiness of this area of Cape Town and how mis-treated it has become. The area is described as being run-down and neglected and this is evidential with the words and phrases that Afrika uses in the first verse. In the second verse of this poem, the poem starts to build up tension with stronger and more influential phrases appearing.

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  7. Compare the brief encounters between two 'culture clashes' in 'An Old Woman' by Arun Kolatkur and 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

    The setting for his poem 'Downtown San Francisco'. The garbagemen are 'looking down into a elegant open Mercedes', the elder 'looking down like some gargoyle Quasimodo' at 'the young blonde' with 'a short skirt and colored stockings'. The poet retains a separation between his characters 'both scavengers gazing down as from a great distance' and by making reference to the brevity of the meeting: 'And the very red light for an instant holding all four close together', highlights this brief snap-shot encounter and in fact accentuates the 'gulf' between the two parties.

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  8. marketing strategies of BMW and Mercedes-Benz .

    However still not being strong enough to compete with its arch rivals of the time Mercedes, it released BMW 507 which quickly reached success. The evolution of the company in this way led to development of the BMW 1500, 1600, 1800, 2000 and were all classified under the first generation of the 5 series. BMW success story continues into the 1990's as it took over Rolls Royce and at the split of Rover plc it also bought the rights to the Mini in 2000 and re-launched its now more dynamic range in 2001.1992 was another year-to-be-remembered for BMW when it, for the first time, outsold Mercedes in Europe.

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  9. SWOT and PEST analysis for Mercedes-Benz

    Now I will go through the opportunities in SWOT. Not only the company has a lot of strengths in the present days, they have the opportunities which leads the business will be improved in the future as well. Opportunities for Mercedes-Benz * Joint venture. * Improving safety, comfort, and sustainable mobility. * Providing fascinated vehicles for customers by the supportive of DaimlerChrysler Group * Professional sport sponsorship Before we go through the opportunities of the business, we have to take seriously on the threats at first.

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  10. nothings changed and 2 scavengers

    In Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes it says "his architects office" this also is a way of writing that he is rich. Both poems are comparing the "upper class" to the lower, this tells us that the poems convey the same message that although everyone should be equal the aren't. Nothings Changed is about an area in South Africa during the time of apartheid, when black and white people had different sets of rights and were forced to live separately from one another.

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  11. Compare the ways in which the poet presents people in "Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes" and one other poem from in different cultures and traditions

    in a truck, Two beautiful people in a Mercedes" The first stanza of "Two scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful people in a Mercedes" starts off by setting the scene, "...two garbage men...an elegant couple" It tells the reader that there are four people at a traffic light and one couple is completely different to the other, it is straight to the point, and so the reader knows what is happening just from reading the first stanza. However, in Nothing's Changed the poet starts of telling the reader about a personal experience (so it is written in first person), it

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  12. In addition to 'Island Man' by Grace Nichols, I have also been studying, and have chosen to write about 'Two Scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful people in a Mercedes' by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

    Grace, on the other hand, shows how difficult it can be for an immigrant to leave their home land and settle into and urban environment, for example people from the Caribbean. The poets portray the characters in different ways to show emotions and also to symbolise important issues in everyday life. An example of this in Ferlinghetti's 'Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes' is where Ferlinghetti describes the two bin men 'grungy from their route' contrasting them to the two rich people in the Mercedes with the man 'in a hip three-piece linen suit' unlike the two bin men.

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  13. Comparison between the poem Nothings Changed and the poem Two Scavengers in a Truck

    He states that even after the victory of democracy and the anti-apartheid government coming into action, nothing has changed and the fact that racism is still all around him and dissimilarity still exists. Whilst I believe that the poem 'Two Scavengers in a Truck' is much simpler, for instance in places it is written as if in vivid key colours, so we automatically see the phrases "yellow garbage truck" and the "red plastic blazers". We distinguish the specific arrangement of the group of diverse people, all waiting at a stoplight and the bin men are looking down into the "elegant open Mercedes", and the rich elegant couple within.

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  14. A prominent voice of the wide-open poetry movement that began in the 1950s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written poetry, translation, fiction, theater, art criticism, film narration, and essays

    Following his undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a ship's commander. He received a Master's degree from Columbia University in 1947 and a Doctorate de l'Universit´┐Ż de Paris (Sorbonne) in 1950. From 1951 to 1953, when he settled in San Francisco, he taught French in an adult education program, painted, and wrote art criticism. In 1953, with Peter D. Martin, he founded City Lights Bookstore, the first all-paperbound bookshop in the country, and by 1955 he had launched the City Lights publishing house.

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  15. Contrast and Comparison between the Poems, "Two Scavengers" and "Nothings Changed"

    Socially, there is a separation of race. In the poets own opinion, the white people think that they are more important and superior to the black people. I know this because in stanza five, Tatamkhulu echoes the voice of the white person and says, "Take it with you, eat it at a plastic table's top, Wipe your fingers on your jeans, spit a little on the floor: it's in the bone." This free indirect discourse highlights the white minority control. The poem doesn't state any other relationships, besides the contrast between the white people and the black people.

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  16. Two poems from different cultures-'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two beautiful People in Mercedes'and 'Nothings Changed'.

    The writer tells us that the garbage men have been up since four a.m. This tells us that they are hard workers. In contrast, the poet describes the couple in the Mercedes as- 'The man in a hip three piece linen suit with shoulder length blond hair and sunglasses' The young woman so casually coifed with a short skirt and coloured stockings on the way the way to his architect's office'. This description creates the image of a couple who have a very laid-back lifestyle and are cool but without effort. The poet describes the woman as 'casually coifed'.

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  17. Compare the ways in which the poets present people in "Two Scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes" and "Island Man"

    This poem was set in America and was aimed to show that there is class division and was commenting on American society. In this poem there is a huge contrast between rich and poor. I know this because the description of the two scavengers and the rich couple shows us the inequality that the two classes have. The poem is not set in stanzas but can be divided into 5 stages. It is more set out like a storyboard.

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  18. Comparing poems of different cultures

    I will first describe each poem in separately and then compare the different aspects of the poems in together. Finally, I shall conclude the essay by writing the writer's intentions towards their poems. In 'Night of the Scorpion' Nissim Ezekiel remembers "the night" his "mother was stung by a scorpion". The poem is not really on the subject of the scorpion or its sting, but on the distinguishing reactions of the family, neighbours and his father, with the mother's dignity and courage. The scorpion is said to be sheltering from ten hours of rain, but so fearful of people that it "risks the rain again" after stinging the poet's mother.

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  19. Mercedes comes to Alabama.

    Daimler-Benz had been created in 1926 by two of Germany's automobile pioneers, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz. Following the World War II, Daimler- Benz established a reputation for automobiles of high- quality and superior engineering. Over the next few decades, Mercedes-Benz automobiles became synonymous with prestige and excellence. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's they ranked among the most prestigious luxury cars in the world. Throughout it's growth the company followed a strategy based on German production and global exports. The vast majority of value added activities, from research and design to procurement and manufacturing, took place in Germany.

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  20. A comparison between the Poetic techniques of Ferlinghetti & Afrika

    key problems all over the world, which contributes to the poems' success, as everybody can identify with it. These poems are technically fictional, but the truth behind the moral of them adds a genuine realism. In "Nothing's Changed" (Afrika's poem), the tone as a general rule is very accusative and extremely opinionated. This is because the author is writing from his own experiences (he is black), almost in an autobiographical sense, and hence it is written in first-person form. He is in a way a spokesman, a representative for all black people that are discriminated against, which is shown in the poem by using "we" in line 26, "we" referring to black cultures.

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

    In this way he vividly conveys the emotions that Black people suffer as a result of discrimination, as he becomes a part of them. Afrika demonstrates the suppressed anger and resentment that clearly bubbles beneath the surface when he says: 'the hot white inwards turning of my eyes'. Through his use of harsh images such as 'brash with glass', 'it squats' and the symbolism of danger, blood and violence behind the image of 'a single red rose', he demonstrates his strong emotions on the issue of discrimination.

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  22. Two Scavengers In A Truck, Two Beautiful People In A Mercedes By Lawrence Ferlinghetti - review

    The beat poets were the U.S.As angry young men questioning some of the dominant values of American Culture. They also placed exuberant emphasis on poetry in performance, often with Jazz accompaniment. "The kind of poetry which has been making most noise here," Ferlinghetti remarked, "Is what should be called Street Poetry ......It amounts to getting poetry back into the street where it one was, out of the classroom out of the speech department, and in fat off the printed page. The printed word has made poetry so silent." Laurence Ferlinghetti has continued to live and write in San Francisco and in 1998 he was acclaimed to be the city's first poet Laureate.

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  23. What impression do you get from each of the two worlds in the poems, and which of the poems provide the strongest contrast and why?

    This situation makes him really angry because the white people were seated inside the exclusive restaurant with its ice white glasses and single rose on the table while the black people in Africa ate on plastic table top and wiped their hands on their jeans. The poem is set out in six stanzas and each of the stanzas consists of eight lines which are fairly short. Stanza one consists of a single sentence and it describes what the sees when he first walks into the country that was his homeland "...cans trodden on crunch in tall purple flowering, amiable weeds".

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  24. The poem Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes is a descriptive poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

    The main reason I enjoyed this poem was because of the description of each person in the poem. One description I really liked was the description of the two people in the Mercedes, '' The man in the hip three-piece linen suit with shoulder-length blond hair & sunglasses The young blond women so casually coifed with a short skirt and colored stockings on the way to his architect's office '' this is the best description in the poem because it tells us that the man is going to work and it is clear that the man as a well paid job because he has an expensive car and an expensive suit.

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  25. Two Scavengers In A Truck, Two Beautiful People In A Mercedes - Ferlinghetti expresses many views about American society.

    Ferlinghetti writes about two sets of people, the garbage men and the people in the Mercedes. In the poem they both meet at red traffic lights where they are equal. Ferlinghetti feels that organically, they are similar but there is a substantial difference between them and most importantly economic wise as well as social wise. Nevertheless, the garbage men stare at the young couple 'as from a great distance' (line 27). They are actually close together, stuck at the red light. This perhaps suggests the 'distance' between the lives each pair lead.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare the brief encounters between two 'culture clashes' in 'An Old Woman' by Arun Kolatkur and 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

    "Towards the end of both poems the poets reach their conclusions both are drawn to a close with their feelings of inequality, Ferlinghetti closes his poem with irony; American democracy 'in which everything is always possible' and then in the following verse states 'as if anything at all were possible' leaves us questioning the reality of opportunity - does one ever get to 'cross the line'? Arun Kolatkur's poem on the other hand is intensely personal he concludes that this 'old woman' managed to achieve a moral victory and all he is left to consider his humiliation in the face of a humanitarian struggle and the fact that his very being was 'reduced to so much small change in her hand'. Both poets conclude with their intentions of the poem. Ferlinghetti remarks sarcastically at the inequality of democracy which supposedly puts countries like America above the third world countries whilst Arun Kolatkur leaves us with a message about humility and humanity, it is not for the wealthy to assume a moral high ground."

  • Compare how the two poets explore cultural issues in their work

    "In conclusion, in have summarised the two poems in general, looking in detail at how they are similar in different ways and how they are different in others. I have successfully looked at and analysed the styles, content and attitudes on both of the poems, comparing them where necessary. So, I have successful addressed the task set to me and explored cultural differences and attitudes in the works of these two poets."

  • Compare the ways in which the poets present people in "Two Scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes" and "Island Man"

    "In my opinion looking at this poem the lines reflect the shape and action of the sea. The wave line shape of the lines gives a slow rhythm. Some phrases in this poem are detached to draw more reader's attention. Throughout the poem there is a bit of rhyme used "soar, roar". There is also alliteration used with the letter 'S', "Sun Surfing, Sound of Blue Surf" "Groggily, groggily, muffling, muffling" repetition and alliteration. There is no punctuation through the whole poem, however, she uses capital letters. Reading these two poems I have noticed that they present people but in every different circumstances and for different reasons. However, the messages are very different. Both poems use shape imaginatively but on the other hand both poems are very different. By Yuliya Boychuk 10P"

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