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Philosophers have pondered the meaning of life and death since the beginning of time There are many hypotheses From reincarnation to Valhalla-then 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 reasonShapiro uses metaphors to emphasize the fantasy-like and wild setting of the auto wreck The following is an excerpt taken from Auto WreckAnd down the dark one ruby flare Pulsing out red light like an arteryThis 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 writesOne hangs lanterns on the wrecks that cling Emptying husks of locusts to iron polesThis 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 indispensableIn 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 yet-society 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 writesWe speak through sickly smiles and warn With the stubborn saw of common senseWhat the writer is getting through is that the on-lookers attempted to rationalize the accident with their common sense But their common sense or their logical
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