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GCSE: Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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