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Andre Hinojosa January 6, 2010 Writing 30 Response Paper: Latin Night at the Pawnshop When I heard this poem, I definitely thought back to high school when I participated in marching band for a single year; as well as the many Latin parties I attended with my parents as a kid. Bright instruments, low lights, the atmosphere thick with life and excitement; these are the memories associated with the salsa instruments mentioned. This poem is rich with imagery because it shows the reader an extended metaphor for what its like for something to die. Although most poems regarding death are very dark and ominous, this one cleverly shows the transition of life to death by the structure of the poem. The description of “The apparition of a salsa band” is a very clever line because it helps foreshadow the rest of the poem. Not only does the word “apparition” foreshadow some sort of afterlife for the “salsa band” but the open sound of the letter “a” gives the whole first line a very empty sound that echoes in the readers ear. The “apparition” is appealing imagery because as
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