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In todays congested society automobile accidents are an often sight that most people dont even blink an eye at During the time of World War II I am almost positive that even the slightest accident would turn heads considering the level of technological advancement in the automotive and medical fields were nowhere near where they are today In his poem Auto Wreck Shapiro has taken a personal experience from some point in his own life and has described it for us This poem is very highly organized into sections by what is going on in the accident sceneThe first stanza of this poem is very descriptive of an ambulance coming to the rescue of crash victims just as an angel is said to come for the recently deceased The soft silver bell beating could be related to either the ambulance or the angel however we do not usually think of an ambulance as being soft The silver bells remind me of the Christmas carol Silver Bells which speaks of angels in its text Shapiro however only mentions the bells as in the angels once Shapiro is extremely good at creating images in are heads with lines like The ambulance at top speed floating down past beacons and illuminated clocks which I see as the ambulance speeding through a lit up commercial area with glowing signs and billboards and other such things found on the side of a busy road Once the ambulance reaches the scene of the accident the doors leap open releasing a light of hope upon the mangled These victims like in the movies are quickly placed on the stretchers and put in the back of the ambulance Shapiro calls the ambulance a little hospital trying to show their importance in aiding the wounded Lifting the silence tolls the bell as the ambulance with its terrible cargo rocking moves away as the doors an afterthought are closed This line is not only showing
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