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

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  1. Compare the ways in which the poets present characters in

    and working for a long period of time, unlike the "elegant couple" who are still on "the way to his architect's office" at "nine a.m.", therefore they have not even begun to work yet. The comparison of the bin man with the "gargoyle Quasimodo" gives the reader the image that the bin man is hideous compared to the "elegant man". On the other hand, the "elegant woman is "casually coifed", meaning she is stylishly and comfortably arranged dissimilar to the garbage man with a "hunched back".

    • Word count: 2530
  2. Compare how the two poets explore cultural issues in their work

    The first verse of the poem sets the scene of the man walking through district six, a part of Cape Town. The poet uses descriptive phrases such as 'bearded seeds into trouser cuffs, cans trodden on, crunch...' The words describe the untidiness of this area of Cape Town and how mis-treated it has become. The area is described as being run-down and neglected and this is evidential with the words and phrases that Afrika uses in the first verse. In the second verse of this poem, the poem starts to build up tension with stronger and more influential phrases appearing.

    • Word count: 2336
  3. Contrast and Comparison between the Poems, "Two Scavengers" and "Nothings Changed"

    Socially, there is a separation of race. In the poets own opinion, the white people think that they are more important and superior to the black people. I know this because in stanza five, Tatamkhulu echoes the voice of the white person and says, "Take it with you, eat it at a plastic table's top, Wipe your fingers on your jeans, spit a little on the floor: it's in the bone." This free indirect discourse highlights the white minority control. The poem doesn't state any other relationships, besides the contrast between the white people and the black people.

    • Word count: 2701
  4. In this essay, I will be writing about two poems which are 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' that is written by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and 'Night of the scorpion' written by Nissim Ezekiel.

    The poem indicates to us that the couple in the Mercedes are good looking and cool. This is shown by lines 12 and 13, "with shoulder-length blond hair and sunglasses The young blond women so casually coifed." The word 'coifed' tells us that the women must be cool and stylish as coifed means hair which is deliberately styled as if no effort were put into it. We discover from the poem that the man is earning money to buy his classy three-piece linen suits and Mercedes by working as an architect in his own office, as the poem states that they are, "on the way to his architects office," (line 15).

    • Word count: 2168

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • 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.

    "Towards the end of both poems the poets reach their conclusions both are drawn to a close with their feelings of inequality, Ferlinghetti closes his poem with irony; American democracy 'in which everything is always possible' and then in the following verse states 'as if anything at all were possible' leaves us questioning the reality of opportunity - does one ever get to 'cross the line'? Arun Kolatkur's poem on the other hand is intensely personal he concludes that this 'old woman' managed to achieve a moral victory and all he is left to consider his humiliation in the face of a humanitarian struggle and the fact that his very being was 'reduced to so much small change in her hand'. Both poets conclude with their intentions of the poem. Ferlinghetti remarks sarcastically at the inequality of democracy which supposedly puts countries like America above the third world countries whilst Arun Kolatkur leaves us with a message about humility and humanity, it is not for the wealthy to assume a moral high ground."

  • Compare how the two poets explore cultural issues in their work

    "In conclusion, in have summarised the two poems in general, looking in detail at how they are similar in different ways and how they are different in others. I have successfully looked at and analysed the styles, content and attitudes on both of the poems, comparing them where necessary. So, I have successful addressed the task set to me and explored cultural differences and attitudes in the works of these two poets."

  • Compare the ways in which the poets present people in "Two Scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes" and "Island Man"

    "In my opinion looking at this poem the lines reflect the shape and action of the sea. The wave line shape of the lines gives a slow rhythm. Some phrases in this poem are detached to draw more reader's attention. Throughout the poem there is a bit of rhyme used "soar, roar". There is also alliteration used with the letter 'S', "Sun Surfing, Sound of Blue Surf" "Groggily, groggily, muffling, muffling" repetition and alliteration. There is no punctuation through the whole poem, however, she uses capital letters. Reading these two poems I have noticed that they present people but in every different circumstances and for different reasons. However, the messages are very different. Both poems use shape imaginatively but on the other hand both poems are very different. By Yuliya Boychuk 10P"

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