Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two beautiful people in a Mercedes Analysis

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This is very similar to my original cluster document, but as part of my revision I tend to go over things so this is just a rerun of this poem; the difference being i've added a table considering the tone, ideas, imagery etc. Enjoy, let me know what you think.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Two Scavengers in a Truck,
Two beautiful people in a Mercedes
At the stoplight waiting for the light
nine am downtown San Francisco
a bright yellow garbage truck
with two garbagemen in red plastic blazers
standing on the back stoop
one on each side hanging on
and looking down into
an elegant open Mercedes
with an elegant couple in it
The man
in a hip three-piece linen suit
with shoulder-length blond hair & sunglasses
The young blonde woman so casually coifed
with a short skirt and colored stockings
on the way to his architect's office
And the two scavengers up since four am
grungy from their route
on the way home
The older of the two with grey iron hair
and hunched back
looking down like some
gargoyle Quasimodo
And the younger of the two
also with sunglasses & long hair
about the same age as the Mercedes driver
And both scavengers gazing down
as from a great distance
at the cool couple
as if they were watching some odorless TV ad
in which everything is always possible

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And the very red light for an instant
holding all four close together
as if anything at all were possible
between them
across that small gulf
in the high seas
of this democracy.…read more

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Themes Tone Structure Sound Imagery Ideas
Two The way cultures Bitter, No punctuation but lots of Directly contrasting Could the poem be
Scavengers mix and interact, angry. enjambment to illustrate how images to highlight the directions for the
in a Truck, as well as the way society is falling apart from the point of the poem: to odourless tv ad?
Two they are divide? show the rich/poor
Beautiful separated by Split horizontally down the page to divide.…read more

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