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Auto Wreck Philosophers have pondered the meaning of life and death since the beginning of time There are many hypotheses From reincarnation to Valhallathen on to heaven There have been many proposed solutions Yet no one fully understands dea th In Shapiros poem Auto Wreck he illustrates the irrationality of life for it can be taken away at any given time for no rational reason Shapiro uses metaphors to emphasize the fantasy-like and wild setting of the auto wreck The following is an excerpt taken from Auto Wreck And down the dark one ruby flare Pulsing out red light like an artery This statement contrasts the red light emitted from an ambulance to the blood of an artery The idea that a light is spurted out like blood is abstract and bizarre In addition to that metaphor Shapiro writes One hangs lanterns on the wrecks that cling Emptying husks of locusts to iron poles This rhythmical sentence paints a picture of locusts grass hopper like creatures clinging to a luscious green jungle of grass Yet symbolically this jungle is the twisted black and crisp auto wreck This depiction of the auto wreck is extravag ant and almost unreal Using metaphors Shapiro portrays the fantasy-like auto wreck in which wildness is indispensable In addition to Shapiros use of metaphorical phrases he emphasizes the lack of comprehension of the on-lookers as a result of deaths inconsistency with logic Shapiro directly tells the reader We are deranged The word we symbolizes u s as a whole institution or better yetsociety He goes on further to say Our throats were tight as tourniquets By this he means that the on-lookers were stopped almost speechless as they gazed upon the wreckage contemplating the reason b ehind death Finally Shapiro writes We speak through sickly smiles and warn With the stubborn saw of common sense What the writer is getting through is that
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