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In "nothings changed" the poet Tatamkhulu Afrika, focuses on the difference between the black race and the white race, where as in "two scavengers" Laurence Ferlinghetti focuses on the difference between rich people

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Comparing "nothings changed" with "two scavengers" These two poems are both basically about inequalities but they both deal with different types of inequalities. In "nothings changed" the poet Tatamkhulu Afrika, focuses on the difference between the black race and the white race, where as in "two scavengers" Laurence Ferlinghetti focuses on the difference between rich people and poor people of a democratic society in America. In verse one of "nothings changed" the poet uses onomatopoeia in the first line: "small round hard stones click..." The word "click" is a stressed word and it is used to imitate the sound of the poet walking. Also onomatopoeia is used in line 6: "trodden on crunch..." "crunch" is the onomatopoeia word. The poet uses onomatopoeia words as he wants the reader to imagine they are with him as he walks. The poet is trying to bring the whole scene to life. In verse two there is repetition of the words "and" and "the", this shows the slow build up of anger that the poet feels. In this verse the poet talks about his body, this tells me he is angry but he is able to controlled his anger and that he is angry because things are still the same as what the were when he was a boy and although he apartheid has been demolished still nothing has changed and the blacks are still regarded as outsiders. ...read more.

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Also in line 45 it says: "hands burn For a stone, a bomb To shiver down the glass." This tells me that the poet is very angry because of everything he sees and he just wants to destroy it all. In the last line of the poem the title is repeated and it is a very definite ending. In the poem there is no rhyme. There are six stanzas each containing eight lines each, also there is a brake in line 25 to 26. I think this is because the poet would like to draw attention to it as the line is very similar to line 10, It is also trying to draw attention to the fact that nothings changed and the blacks are still not welcome. The poet has a regular structure, and although the poet is angry it is controlled anger, this means it is not going to disappear or blow over and he is so angry he is able to control his anger. This shows power. Comparing! In section one of the "two scavengers" by Laurence Ferlinghetti, the poet looks at different ends of society as the two garbage men who are wearing cheap colours look down longingly and with jealousy at the elegant couple in the Mercedes. The poet writes in line 6: "one on each side hanging on" I think not only are the garbage men hanging onto the truck but are hanging onto society as they are outsiders. ...read more.

Conclusion

to be there as he says that they have been up since 4 am and at 4am nobody would be around so they would not be seen. In section Four of the "two scavengers" the poet uses alliteration in line 28 by writing: "...the cool couple" Also the poet in line 2 writes: "as from a great distance" This could mean the scavengers are standing on the high truck or the gap in society separating the rich from the poor. This isn't like "nothings changed" as the poet of "nothings changed" does use alliteration but in a different way but the poet in "nothings changed" does show a gap between black and whites like Laurence Ferlinghetti shows a gap between rich and poor. This gap could be a barrier. In the last section of "Two scavengers" the poet ends with a metaphor: "across that small gulf In the high seas Of this democracy" The gulf would represent the gap between rich and poor and the high seas would possibly mean that it would be hard work to cross this gap like it would be to cross high seas. This doesn't compare to "nothings changed" as the ending of nothings changed is: "nothings changed" This is a definite ending and there is only one way to interpret it where as the ending of the "two scavengers" is a hopeful ending. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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