Looking at identity and belonging in poetry

As we have seen in the poems we have studied this year, culture is linked to our sense of identity and belonging. In Ferlinghetti’s ‘Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes’ we see two pairs of American citizens who couldn’t be further apart. Their lifestyles are so different that their paths would never normally cross. However, the poems also show us that all of us share the same human emotions, we learn the ways in which we are the same. For instance, love is a universal emotion.We see this in ‘Night of the Scorpion’ the setting might be rural India but it explores universal emotions such as love and fear. It helps us to understand  those emotions as it also looks at ideas relating to superstition, ignorance and religion.

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