Paper 2 Section A. Don’t forget to bring your anthology for this exam. Poetry from Different Cultures. 45 minutes 1 essay There will be two questions to choose from. You answer only ONE question.
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Don’t forget to bring your anthology for this exam
“scavengers” = job title, truth? Or society’s label for them?
“hanging on” to bottom rung of society? Morally superior to couple they are “looking down” upon.
“suit” & “sunglasses”
“TV advert” – perfection, “odourless” (unreal)
Beautiful – character or appearance? – ‘beauty is only skin deep’
Represent the American Dream – ‘anything is possible’Two Scavengers in a Truck…Setting: 1960s America
Vultures - The poem begins with an unpleasant description of a pair of vultures who nestle lovingly together after feasting on a corpse. The poet remarks on the strangeness of love, existing in places one would not have thought possible.
He then considers the love a concentration camp commander shows to his family - having spent his day burning human corpses, he buys them sweets on the way home
The descriptions of the vultures is just a way to introduce the topic of good and evil. They are a metaphor for the Nazi Commandant.
The conclusion of the poem is ambiguous. On one hand, Achebe praises providence (fate/chance) that even the cruellest of beings can show sparks of love, yet on the other he despairs - they show love solely for their family, and so allow themselves to commit atrocities towards others.
Use this phrase to help you plan essays:
A bean sandwich ruptured across the ceiling
Bean = theme/meaning
Sandwich = language
Rupture = structure
Ceiling = feeling
Cluster 2 Past Questions
A theme is an overriding issue idea or concern that the poem deals with.
Which poems are linked by which theme?