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Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
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Sep 20, 2011

it was amazing

Shel Silverstein writes poems for children in his book Where the Sidewalk Ends. The poems are of various lengths, rhyme schemes, tenses, and point of views, but all contain their own kernel of wisdom. Silverstein uses a surprisingly short number of similes for a poet, but I believe that this aids to his work being more fictitious and crazy. He uses mostly common images that can be understood by children such as smoke and garbage, but does have some references that are specific to the era like “Ovaltine,” such images may not set the same with children of today. He pays distinct attention to the sound of his lines ending many with hard rhyme; I find that this is because each piece was meant to be spoken to an audience not just for individual consumption. The rhyming also makes for deeper morals to be invitingly accepted by the reader. His piece endings are often ironic in the fact that they are usually not fluffy and sweet, but instead kind of sad and abrupt like “Well, anyway, he’s dead.”

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