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How do the poems, 'Half-Cast', 'Nothings Changed,' and 'Two Scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful People in a Mercedes,' expree Anger?

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How do the poems, 'Half-Cast', 'Nothings Changed,' and 'Two Scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful People in a Mercedes,' expree Anger? Courtney Lomas All three poems express their anger towards discrimination: 'Half-Caste' and 'Nothings Changed' are written about how racism has affected them and their lives, 'Two Scavengers...' express views on class discrimination. 'Half-Caste' is written as if it is been spoken in a Caribbean dialect, giving the impression the speaker is of a mixed race.In the poem he illustrates the way he feels about how he is treated as a ''half-caste,half person.'' The longer stansas in the poem tell the story of how his race has affected his life, and the way he feels about himself, and the shorter stansa are used to introduce and close the poem. The poems irregularity in terms of lay out, may illustrate the irregularity this man feels in his life,he feels he doesn't feel accepted in either the black or the white community. ...read more.


'Two Scavengers...' In this poem Felinghetti uses no uniform structure, the poems lines are layed out scattered accross the page, again, as in the other poems, he could be referring to the unreal way in wich 'different'peple are treatyed.The punctuation throughout the poem is non- exsistant i think this could be to fit in with the stereotypical 'rich white' persons view of a black person- that they are un-educated. Although on studying the structure of the poem closely, the way the lines are arranged allows a pause after each line.The phrases the writer wants to emphasise are usually highlighted by leaving these on a seperate line containing only a few words. John Agard, the writer of the poem 'Half-Caste'expresse his anger by using a form of sarcasm. He compares his life and they way he is treated to normal everday examples, and although his poem has a solemn message he adds humour for example he calls Tchaikovsky's symphonys 'half-caste' as he mixes a 'black key wid a white key.' ...read more.


nose pressed up against the window; thus making the reader take Afrika's oppinion very seriously.Afrika,Ferlinghetti, both use depressive vocabulary such as 'crushed,' 'brashed,' to illustrate their frustration and along with a sense of humour seriousness and the harsh vocabulary are also added into 'half-caste' , when words such as 'spiteful' and 'shadow' are used throughout the poem. All three poems although using differnet techniques all get their message across that they want change! Ther messga eis not kept a secret they cnvey it very obviously. All three poems have a line at one point in the poem that sums up what they feel, Agard says ''I will tell you the other half of my story.'' Here he clearly states he does not want to be judged purely on his race. All three poems also use comparisson ie,'rich', 'poor','beautiful', 'scavengers', this adds an element of intrique as well as illustrating the idea iof the poem. All the poems are written to make the reader understand the situations and to encourage people to not judge the 'different' people in society. ...read more.

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