Poem Analysis: Their Bodies By David Wagoner

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Adri Kirkman Roitz PIB LA 1/29/16 Cadavers Their Bodies written by award winner David Wagoner may seem dark and depressing at first glance. David Wagoner dedicates this poem to the students of anatomy at Indiana University. David Wagoner’s parents were donated to those students when they died. This poem is about Wagoner’s thoughts and feelings about this situation talking to the students who learned from his parent’s bodies. Wagoner uses an array of metaphors and other literary devices to express his emotions. The first four lines in them poem are a description of Wagoner’s dad. “That gaunt old man came first, his hair as white/As your scoured tables.” It talks about how his dad died first and describes notable characteristics that
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