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The Life Of Alan Shapiro And Analysis Of “Country Western Singer”

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Alan Shapiro is a poet whom uses the sorrowful tragedies that occurred in his lifetime and turns them into beautiful poems in which he greatly expresses through his poetry. Most of his poems symbolize either a type of sorrow or tragic death, and the expressions used throughout his poetry make it noticeable that Alan Shapiro endured a life of hardship and tragedy. While Shapiro was growing up he lost his brother and his sister in which the poem “Sleet” by Alan Shapiro beautifully encompasses his feeling of grief and sorrow due to the loss of his siblings.
Alan Shapiro was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 18th, 1952. He is the son of Harold and Marilyn Shapiro. Growing up Shapiro was a part of a Jewish household. Shapiro received his education at Brandies University. While attending Brandies University he discovered that his one and only passion was for the astounding art of poetry and he found an escape from all the devastating disasters he encountered in his youth (Garbett). Shapiro is also now an educator at Stanford University and he has also worked at Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As Shapiro conveys in many of his works after researching Shapiro’s life it is known Shapiro’s brother and sister both died of cancer while Shapiro was very young, and these events highly contribute to Shapiro’s work as a poet. The memoir that Shapiro wrote which was entitled Vigil is about the tragic death of his sister due to the unfortunate events of being diagnosed with breast cancer. As it is well known Shapiro’s poems are very tragic and sorrowfully oriented it is no fault to say that different people happen to react and cope with death in different ways and Shapiro expresses his sadness and helplessness through his poetry. His brother David was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer Shapiro wrote in his book, Song and Dance to convey the same feelings that Shapiro had while writing the memoir, Vigil for his sister (Garbett). Shapiro won a fair amount of awards for his many contributions to the ever so exciting world of poetry which included The Kingsley Tufts Award, 2001; the Roanoke-Chowan Award for his book Song and Dance and the Ambassador Book Award, 2009; for his book which is entitled Old War. Shapiro’s poetry is unlike many others to say the least if Shapiro’s poetry is read assumptions can be made that Shapiro is depressed or that he endured a very difficult life while he was young. His poem Country Western Singer happens to impose this sense of tragedies and doubtfulness and just simply not caring as the poem explains the stages of a man becoming an alcoholic until his last drop of alcohol which killed the drunken man due to severe alcohol poisoning. Although Shapiro writes this poem with a sense of sadness, and he uses this poetry to make himself...

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