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

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Two Scavengers In A Truck, Two Beautiful People In A Mercedes By Lawrence Ferlinghetti The Context Of The Poem Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in New York in 1919. After spending much of his childhood in France, he studied universities both in the U.S.A and in Paris before moving to San Francisco in the early 1950s where he found the city lights bookshop and Publishing Company. City lights was at the heart of the beat movement in the 1950s and 1960s where Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg and other poets created a style of free verse that was both radical and populous. The beat poets were the U.S.As angry young men questioning some of the dominant values of American Culture. ...read more.

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The poems' title alerts us to the simple contrast that is its subject 'beautiful people' is perhaps written with a mild sense irony as this phrase was originally coined by the Hippy Movement in 1967 to refer the 'flower children' who shared the counter culture ideals of peace and love. The couple in the poem are not beautiful in this sense but wealthy and elegant. The poet is deceptively simple. In places it is written as if in bright primary colours, so we read of 'yellow garbage truck' and the 'red plastic blazers', we get exact details of time and place, and we see the precise position of the four people all waiting at the "stoplight," and the garbage collector looking into the "elegant open Mercedes," and the matching couple in it. ...read more.

Conclusion

and the Quasimodo (the name means almost human) The poem moves to an ambiguous conclusion. The two scavengers see the young people, not as real people but as characters in a TV advertisement in which everything is always possible as if that is with determination and effort, the scavengers could change their own lifestyle for the better but the adjective 'odourless' suggest that this is a fantasy and their smelly truck is the reality. The poem also considers the fundamental 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 democracy', which suggests that anyone can cross it. Amir Saeed Cluster 1 1 ...read more.

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