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Vultures and Two Scavengers

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Introduction

Compare the way people are presented in 'Vultures' (page ten) with the ways people are presented in one other poem. 'Vultures' (page 10) and 'Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes' (page 8). 'Two scavengers' and 'Vultures', both focus on the height of the people they use in their poems to presents their ideas. In 'two scavengers', 'standing on the back stoop one on each side hanging on and looking down' seems to contradict the couples roles in society. The reader would expect the garbage men to be presented with a lower status in society. Usually when poets try to show the difference between two people, the person who is seen to have more influences in society, is generally in higher position. ...read more.

Middle

All of this dialogue can be found between lines 30 and 40.This suggests that he tries to dismiss the fact that he has permitted many terrible things but that the fumes are something that are impossible to be rid of. Despite the fact that the Commandant has witnesses such horrifying events, he has a contrasting side. This is shown through the poet's use of emotive language, 'a tiny glow-worm of tenderness'. This allows the reader to picture the Commandant as a devoted father to his child. The poem, 'Two Scavengers' presents the people in the poem in pairs. These pairs are the, 'two beautiful people in a Mercedes', and 'two garbage men'. There is a point in the poem where all four people are presented together. ...read more.

Conclusion

By this I mean that the couples are close together at that moment, at the 'red light for an instant holding all four close together', but in reality there are far apart, in the sense that it is the way that society sees them, that determines their social status. Both poems are about the differences between people but using the same technique. 'Vultures' presents the 'Commandant of Belsen Camp' in the roles of the 'Commandant' and in the role of a doting father. This is similar for, 'two scavengers' in the sense that the couples are both living different lives. The poets present the people in their poems in different ways but there are some similarities in the techniques used. 'Vultures' uses powerful description such as, 'human roast' and 'bashed-in-head' where as 'two scavengers' uses the technique of comparing the two couples to present the people. ...read more.

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