Friday, February 8, 2019
Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes and Nothi
Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful mickle in a Mercedes and zippos Changed Two Scavengers in a Truck,Two Beautiful tribe in a Mercedes (Lawrence Ferlinghetti) andNothings Changed (Tatamkhulu Afrika)The American Constitution clearly states that all men argon createdequally and should have the same opportunities as each other. However,Ferlinghetti believes this is non true. In his observation he sees thegarbagemen or scavengers jade and weary from their route, workinghard but still in needful poverty. Also using a word likescavengers he compares the garbagemen to rodents scrounging a livingat the bottom of society. He then sees the elegant brace in anelegant Mercedes, loving their life, not a care in the world, bothwealthy and smart. The woman so casually coifed and the man in ahip three piece suit who, have both benefited from the inequality ofthe American Constitution, taking it easy in their heavenly life.Ferlinghetti understands the dark of the Constitution but knows deep down that it cannot change and will never change.In the poem Ferlinghetti makes many contrasts amongst the scavengersand the elegant couple. The title shows us straight away that the poemwill be about the contrasts between two pairs of people. Scavengersis a derogatory term for the garbagemen because it suggests that theylive off the bit of others - a scavenger beetle lives off rottingflesh. However, Beautiful People is a compliment. So, right from thestart, we feel the garbagemen are at a disadvantage. Ferlinghetti in any casechose these words to describe their different classes, as they arestrong indications of who they are and what they do for a living.Scavenger impl... ...o both speak about the putridness ofthe systems of which they are under. Ferlinghetti uses the phraseacross that small gulfIn the steep seasof this landThis simple phrase begs the question - Is this really a democracy?Afrika chooses not to ask the question directly, but expects you toask the questio n yourself. In his autobiography he wroteWe may have a new constitution, we may have on the face of it abeautiful democracy, but the racialism in this country is absolutelyredolent. We try to pretend to the world that it does not exist, butit most certainly does, all day long, every day, terrible andsaddening and terrible. I am full of hope. But I wont see a change inmy lifetime. Its going to take a long time. In America its taken allthis time and its still not gone... So it will change. But notquickly, not quickly at all.