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Lobsters Are lobsters similar to man In Howard Nemerovs poem Lobsters there is a contrast made between the lives of lobsters to the lives of mankind The speaker uses certain images to set up the reader for the implicit meaning of the poem The meaning is found at the end of the poem and could be summarized There is something cruel underneath the world and eventually over time will bring mankind to its death Nemerov uses the lobsters eventual death The flame beneath the pot that boils the water to bring attention to the meaning In this poem there is a great deal of vivid imagery used to describe the lobsters For instance In the beginning of the poem Nemerov takes the simple name of a supermarket Super Duper to give the image of a tank full of lobsters The author at the beginning uses great analogies that set the reader up for the meaning of the poem For example the author uses the supermarket as a place of cruelty Here at the Super Duper in a glass tank supplied by a rill of cold fresh water a herd of lobsters made available to the customer In relation to the meaning Can we humans be stuck or trapped in a world just as these lobsters are The second stanza goes along with the first in that the author uses more imagery and description However he uses more description of the lobsters themselves Nemerov states Mud red bruise purple cadaver green speckled with black their camouflage at home Make them conspicuous here in the strong Day imitating light the incommensurable philosophers and at the same time victims herded together in the market place In this stanza the author does a magnificent job of imagery comparing a lobster to a human The colors bruise purple and cadaver green are also images that relate to the meaning of the poem Bruise and cadaver
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