Presenting People in Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes, and Island Man

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Presenting People in Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes, and Island Man

In this essay I will compare the ways in which the poets present people in “Two Scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a
Mercedes” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and “Island Man” by Grace Nichols.

In this essay I will look at the shape, structure, poetic devices and language in both poems. Firstly I will examine what the two poems are about and the ways how both poets portray the people in the poems.

The poem “Two Scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a
Mercedes” is about a coincidence meeting of the two working class scavengers and a beautiful, rich couple in Mercedes. This poem was set in America and was aimed to
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There is no punctuation used throughout the poem but capital letters are.

Reading this poem I have noticed that Lawrence Ferlinghetti uses lots of poetic devices such as alliteration “short skirt”, repetition
“elegant” “and” “the”, and similes “looking down like some gargoyle
Quasimodo”. This phrase makes me think of vultures (garbage men)
(types of bird that eat dead meat) gazing upon their pray (couple in the Mercedes.)

The language in the poem is very descriptive and vivid. The poet introduces color to the poem too, to show more vivid images. He did that to attract more of the reader’s attention. E.g. He used color to describe the yellow garbage truck and the traffic light. From this we can see that the poet uses color effectively.

The poem “Island Man” was written by Grace Nichols. Its about an immigrant from the West Indies, dreaming about sound of Caribbean sea.
He wakes up to the roar of London traffic. The poet is commenting on the difficulty for immigrant adapt to a urban environment. The poem “Island
Man” gives us a picture of two different worlds and is based on dreams and reality.

The poem is divided into 6 stanzas. I think that the stanzas are used to contrast the experiences that the island man have had. There are two distinct parts of the poem, Caribbean and London.

In my opinion looking at this poem the lines reflect the shape and action of the sea. The wave line shape of the
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