Essay on `` Auto Wreck `` : The Hard Truth That Is A Car Accident

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An Accident Waiting to Happen In life, an innocent bystander, parent, or friend could receive news that would change their life forever. A death of a loved one is something that can drop someone to their knees in agony. Karl Shapiro’s “Auto Wreck” faces the hard truth that is a car accident. To summarize, “Auto Wreck” is a gut-wrenching retelling of a brutal accident in which two cars collide in a fatal accident. The poem concludes on a more philosophical note explaining the certainty that is faced in true death and how unseen and sudden a car accident can be on a family. Karl Shapiro published “Auto Wreck” in his collection of poems entitled “Selected Poems.” He utilized the poetry collection to examine the severe certainties of war because WWII was just beginning. Many families faced unrelenting actualities and shattering losses during this time which Shapiro is attempting to touch at. Shapiro also published “Auto Wreck” to express the uncontrollable losses that families face during war, also, the highway system was up and coming, and many men had the need for speed. In “Auto Wreck” by Karl Shapiro, imagery, repetition, and parallelism are used to convey to the audience an immense sadness and untimely demise of the victim.
First, the imagery in “Auto Wreck” produces dejected, downcast, and mournful emotion through the descriptive, yet real-life, word choice. One of the first lines in the poems concludes that the ambulance was, “pulsing out red light like an artery.”…

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