A Comparison of Poetry of Different Cultures Essay examples

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A Comparison of Poetry of Different Cultures

Each poem is unique in its own way. They are all aimed at a specific thing or try to get a message across to the reader. But then again, many poems may well be related to one another. They may be related in an obvious way or a way which is more intricate and harder to identify. 'Night of the Scorpion' and 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' are no exception. They are both unique yet they both are contrasting two things in the poem. In the poem 'Night of the Scorpion', Nissim Ezekiel compares the differences between one sceptic man and a whole village of superstitious people. In the poem 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two
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They also think that the suffering of the mother may cleanse her from her sins in her "previous birth" and her "next birth". The poet's father normally does not share such superstitions as he is described as "sceptic, rationalist" and believes in being practical. But he is now worse than the other peasants, as he tries "every curse and blessing" as well as performing his practical beliefs such as pouring paraffin on the mother's toe and lighting fire to it. Then, the "holy man" performs "rites" and finally, after many hours, the mother is cured; "After twenty hours it lost its sting".

The last three lines of the poem are probably the most effective of all; this is because everyone else has been concerned for the mother, who has been in too much pain to talk (she "twisted...groaning on a mat"), but she only thinks of her children, and thanks God the scorpion has spared them.

In the poem, 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes', the first thing you notice is that the title of the poem gives away the subject of the poem. It is obvious that the poem is about the contrasting lives of people; specifically, the rich and the poor. The poem is quite simple to understand and the poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti tries to give you the exact image of where and when this is happening. ("downtown San Francisco", "yellow

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