Night of the Scorpion
Two Scavengers in a Truck,
Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes
The poem Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes is a descriptive poem where the poet (Lawrence Ferlinghetti) observes two garbage men in San Francisco and two well-paid people in a Mercedes. The poet’s observation is really about the way the garbage men look at the well-paid people and the way the rich people look at the garbage men when waiting at the traffic lights. This poem is about two garbage men and two posh office people in the Mercedes who stop at the same traffic light at the same time on the same day.
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The main reason I enjoyed this poem was because of the description of each person in the poem. One description I really liked was the description of the two people in the Mercedes, ‘‘ The man in the hip three-piece linen suit with shoulder-length blond hair & sunglasses The young blond women so casually coifed with a short skirt and colored stockings on the way to his architect’s office ’’ this is the best description in the poem because it tells us that the man is going to work and it is clear that the man as a well paid job because he has an expensive car and an expensive suit.
This poem is also set out in a strange way because it hasn't got any punctuation and the way of its layout is in a different style. I think this style gives the poem an effect because the layout is easier to understand and it makes the poem look as if the poem would be good to read.
The poem Night of the Scorpion is about something that happened to the poet’s mother in their house in India. The thing that happened to the poet’s mother was that she got stung by a scorpion, that was unseen under a sack of rice. The poets father was concerned for his wife that he used the remedies the villagers knew and watched to see if it would cure her, but in the end the husband woman had to set the wound on fire so that the poison of the sting would die and stop the poison from flowing in the woman’s blood. In the end of the poem the poem is undecided as to whether the poets mother lives or dies.
This poem is what I think one of the best poems I have ever hear and read, because it is about an Indian community coming together to help one person, and all of the villagers have different remedies to help the mother live. A good line in the poem is, ‘‘ With every movement that the scorpion made his poison moved in Mother’s blood, they said. May he sit still, they said. ’’ These lines are great because it shows that the way the villagers thought of the matter and the villagers and the family of the woman wanted the scorpion dead so that the poison would stop flowing through her blood.
The effect of this poem is the way that the poem is told as if it was a story and this is also a narrative poem where the narrator is one of the woman’s sons. In the end of the poem the poem is undecided as to whether the poets mother lives or dies. It is undecided because of the best lines in the poem which are the last two lines, ‘‘ Thank God the scorpion picked on me and spared my children. ’’ the poet is just saying what the last words his mother said or just saying that she would rather she die than her children.