Cluster 1 Themes ( poem from different cultures)

Revsion card that just state what theme the poems from cluster in the AQQ athology fit into 

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Politics

The poems that fit into this: 

  • Nothing's Changed 
    • Through the mention of the South Afircan Aparthteid 
    • How the poet still finds there are inequalities because of race and also because of money 
    •  Its set in Nelson Mandelas new Democracy 
  • Two Scavengers in a Truck and Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes
    • The gap between rich and poor 
    • the poem condemns the failure of the political system 
  • Vultures 
    • The commandent represent Nazi's Germany abuse of power
    • The destruction of another culture and race was a governemnt policy
  • What Were They Like? 
    • Poem of Protest 
    • Theme of the unfairness of the Vietnam war throughout as many were against it in the 1960s and 70s
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Change

The Poems that fit this are

  • What were the like? 
    • Describing a negative change as the Vietimese culture is being destroyed because of the war. 
  • Nothings Changed 
    • There has been a major recent political changed as the Apartheid has been abolished 
    • Therefore in theory there has been a positive change as all races are equal 
    • How ever people still feel and have the attitude that black people are inferior
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People

The poems that fit this are 

  • Two Scavengers in a Truck and Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes
    • the clear devision of the two sets of people in the poem 
    • the poet criticises the american soceity for not doing anything about this social divide 
  • Island Man
    • This poem centers around an individual who home sick 
    • He has a clear sense of where he belongs 
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1st Person

The poems that fit this are: 

  • Nothing's Changed
    • The poet allows us to see the inequalities through hi eyes 
    • Shows us how he feel unwelcome in the whites only inn
    • It is used because he wants us to know how unfair it still is 
    • Making his message more effective  
  • Night of the Scorpion 
    • The powerful and yet confusing presentation of what the event is like through the eyes of a child 
    • He is scared and confused by the religious respsonse 
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Cultural References

The poems that fit this are: 

  • Two Scavengers in a Truck and Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes
    • The american culture language of 'Gabbage' and 'Downtown' 
    • How the culture of USA is all about equal oppuntiy for everyone and democracy 
    • but its it seems the binmen will never be able to live like the rich people at all 
    • this shows how the image of american culture is false
  • Nothing's Changed 
    • Culture is divided through the racial segregation 
    • the use of south african slang 
  • Limbo
    • Slave Culture is a constant theme throughout 
    • the limbo dance is a strong link to west indian slave culture
  • Night of the Scorpion
    • It is set in a Hindu Community
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Description

The poems that fit this are : 

  • Two Scavengers in a Truck and Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes
    • There is a sharp decriptive contrast between the rich and the poor sets of people 
    • There of Contradictory descriptions of the rich couple that suggest falseness and dishonesty 
  • Blessing 
    • There is a detail description of the rush of water 
    • And how dry the place was before the wate hit 
    • A description of how desperate the people are 
    • The water is descrbed as 'fortune' and 'silver highlighting how valuable it actually is to the people in the slum 
  • Nothing's Changed 
    • there is a given impression of how neglected and run down district 6 is
    • the difference of the lives of the black people and the white people 
  • Island Man 
    • The description of the carribean island sounds like an unspoilt paradise only good things are heard
    • however contrasting london is described as dull and grey only bad things are heard
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Metaphor

The peoms that fit this are 

  • Vultures 
    • The vultures are ugly and digusting however they are still capable of gentleness 
    • leading to the description of the commandant and his love for his child 
    • Making the vultures a metaphor for the commant
  • Blessing
    • The water is descrbed as 'fortune' and 'silver highlighting how valuable it actually is to the people in the slum 
    • the people become a congregation creating a religous feel they are worshipping this act of god giving them the water
    • the metaphor of "the blessing sings/ over their small bones" is used to decribe the burst of the water bit reinforcing the mirscule that the pipe has burst
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Unusual Presentation

the poems that fit this are: 

  • What were they like 
    • Question and answers are numbered but this can be read in two different ways 
    • each question cover a particular aspect of the culture
    • the failure to come up with the right answers adds the condemnation fo the war
  • Limbo 
    • Various line length 
    • The longer lines create an impression of ongoing cruelness 
    • Shorter lines describe movements 
    • the repeated rythmn of the 'limbo like me' in italiacs suggest the onoging beat and dance in the background
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Specific Places (self explanatory why really )

Poems that fit this are 

  •  Two Scavengers in a Truck and Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes
    • San Fracisco representing america in general
  • Nothing's Changed 
    • District 6
  • Vultures 
    • The Vultures habitat 
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Universal Ideas

The poems that fit this are: 

  • Two Scavengers in a Truck and Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes
    • The difference between Rich and Poor 
  • Vultures 
    • The fight between good and evil
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Comments

Oliver Nichlas

this is excellent but please check spelling because the MP3 folder is very hard to understand because you have misspealt words.

Timetoshine2106

oh an MP3 thing that comes with it as well? I am glad that you thought it was good. 

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