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Beauty – the poet questions how beauty is defined in our society and what true beauty means.
Materialism – in this day and age our society has become materialistic and obsessed with vanities and this is emphasised by the poet through the endless references to brands or objects that are well known – particularly to British society: ‘Burberry clad louts…Manchester to Motherwell or Slough…Daily Express’. These nouns all have connotations associated with Western Society. All of the vanities mentioned in the poem, in time, they will no longer matter as they will continue to exist, after we have left this world.