Although Ferlinghetti mentions specific people in the collection of poems, most of his characters are not specific; they are only listed as humanity in general. Using the generic sense of the people of the world, he provides his thoughts on people in general in nearly every poem. He depicts people as sufferers in the world throughout the ages, but he also views people as materialistic and greedy. Ferlinghetti illustrates people as victims, offenders and observers, and humanity is portrayed as being hopelessly hopeful amidst the chaos or monotony of their lives.
A Coney Island of the Mind, Poems