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Two Scavengers in a Truck,Two Beautiful People in Mercedes and Nothings Changed

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Two Scavengers in a Truck,Two Beautiful People in Mercedes and Nothings Changed compare and comparison of two poems from different cultures- 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two beautiful People in Mercedes' and 'Nothings Changed'. 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in Mercedes' from Lawrence Ferlinghetti, is a poem about four very different people brought together by traffic lights turning crimson. The poet is protesting from the inequalities within a democracy. 'Nothings Changed' by Tatamkhulu Afrika, is a poem which is also protesting, but on the way black men and women are treated at a place where the poet used to reside, in District Six, at South Africa, where apartheid took place. From the poem 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in Mercedes' the poet compares four individuals. The four people are brought together by the traffic light turning red. The poem is set in downtown San Francisco at 9 O’clock at the morning. He explains both garbage men in their truck. He contrasts them with an extremely elegant few in their Mercedes, who have a very different way of life. The poet describes the two garbage men as- 'two scavengers up since four a.m. grungy from their route' This phrase creates the image of vultures swooping around San Francisco early while everyone is asleep, because vultures are often described as scavengers. The word 'grungy' also makes it clear to the reader that the garbage men are dirty and grubby. 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 part linen suit with shoulder length blond hair and sun...

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