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Shel Silverstein

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Dakota Redmond

on 20 May 2011

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Shel Silverstein Dakota Redmond
Matthew Pagano:)
Caitlin Ward
Vahe Ouzounian Last night I had a crazy dream
That I was teachin' school.
My teachers had turned into kids,
And I laid down the rules.

I gave 'em a hundred history books
To memorize each night,
And made 'em read 'em on their heads
Without turnin' on the light.

I sent 'em on a field trip
To the outskirts of Mongolia,
And gave 'em an overnight assignment
To grow a twenty-foot magnolia. Oh, I'm being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don't like it--one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It's nibblin' my toe.
Oh, gee,
It's up to my knee.
Oh my,
It's up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It's up to my middle.
Oh, heck,
It's up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff . . . Knock knock!
Who's there?
Me who?

That's right!
What's right?
That's what I want to know!

What's what you want to know?
Me, WHO?
Yes, exactly!
Exactly what?
Yes, I have an Exactlywatt on a chain!

Exactly what on a chain?
Yes what?
No, Exactlywatt!

That's what I want to know!
I told you - Exactlywatt!
Exactly WHAT?
Yes what?

Yes, it's with me!
What's with you?
Exactlywatt - that's what's with me.
Me who?


Knock knock... The Boa Constrictor Crazy Dream Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois.
He died May 10th, 1999 in Key West, Florida SHELOSOPHY OF LIFE Shel Silverstein is most known for
his Books of poetry such as "Where the sidewalk ends" and "Falling Up". He also had had poems turned into songs. He had the tendency to combine the sly and the serious and the just plain silly. He was also a cartoonist and a grammy winner. Shel believed that kids should dream and
think and use their imagination as much as possible. He trued to avoid happy endings because he thought children would wonder why they were not as happy themselves. It was also important to him that kids learn to appreciate poetry at a young age. The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt Title: The Tiltle, "Boa Constrictor" refers to the main conflict and idea of the poem. The speaker is slowly being eonsumed by an enourmous reptile Paraphrase: I am being eaten by a boa constrictor and i dont like it. It is eating my toe. Now it is eating my knee. The snake is now eating my thigh. Now it is eating my middle. Now its eaten my neck. Now my umf..... TP-CASTT Connotation: At the beginning of the poem, there is a large use of repetition when Shel says that he is "being eaten by a boa constrictor". After the shift in the poem using the word "well", Shel uses both rhyme and onomatopoeia. Each pair of lines contains a rhyme. To complete the sequence, Shel uses onomatopoeia. The repetition adds emphasis to the fact that he is in fact being eaten by a boa constrictor. The sound devices at the second part of the poem adds a kind of indirect imagery. With these rhyming sentences, it adds decription to the poem and you can imagine a snake slowly consuming a man. Work Cited Attitude: MESSY ROOM Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
His workbook is wedged in the window,
His sweater's been thrown on the floor.
His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
His books are all jammed in the closet,
His vest has been left in the hall.
A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,
And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
Donald or Robert or Willie or--
Huh? You say it's mine? Oh, dear,
I knew it looked familiar! The speaker has a very anxious attitude. He feels fear and helpless in the situation at hand TP-CASTT The theme of the poem reflects the Narrator’s life: Don’t let yourself get so messed up that you don’t even recognize yourself. Theme: The title “Messy Room” alludes to the subject of the poem, the narrator’s untidy room. Title: The shifts of the poem contain commas and periods, but the main shift occurs at the end with the change of attitude. Shifts: The attitude of the poem begins disgusted, but it turns bitterly ironic at the end. Attitude: Connotation: Shel uses alliteration…
“His workbook is wedged in the window”
… and assonance…
“A lizard named Ed is asleep on the bed”
…and irony.
“Huh? You say it's mine? Oh, dear,
I knew it looked familiar!” Whoever owns this room should be ashamed! There is underwear hanging on the lamp. A raincoat is in the big chair, which is making a big mess. The workbook is wedged into the window. A sweater is lying on the floor. There is a scarf and a ski shoved under the TV. There is a pair of pants hanging on the door. Some books are jammed in the closet. A vest is sitting in the hall. A lizard is sleeping on the bed. And there is an old, smelly sock is stuck to the wall. Whoever owns this room should be ashamed! Whose room is this? What? Mine?? I knew it looked familiar! Paraphrase: The title “Messy Room” alludes to the subject of the poem, an untidy room. Title: TP-CASTT TITLE: Shifts: I think this title "The Meehoo with an ExactlyWatt: is going to be about something strange and oterworldly. Paraphrase: Knock knock
Who is it?
That’s what I asked.
What do you want to know?
Me, WHO?
Exactly, what?
I have one on a chain!
What on a chain?
No, Exactlywatt!
I asked that!
I said, Exactlywatt
Its me!
What’s with you?
An Exactlywatt
Knock knock… Connotation There is main shift in this poem in the middle of the poem when he starts a sentence with "well". The smaller shifts include all of the commas and perionds that puctuate the poem. During the rhyming section when periods occur, the snake slowly consumes another part of the body In third person, there is an onomonopia at the beginning and end of the poem. There is frequent repition with the words, what, Exactlywatt, and yes! Title: Attitude : The title tells of the main conflict, the boa constrictor The speaker is very excited and is yelling Theme: This poem speaks about the human breed to be seemingly powerful, but in reality can be very weak in cirtian situations Shifts: There are frequent shifts by both speakers, question marks and exclamations in almost every other lines.
There are many stanza divisions, at lines4-5 8-9 13-14 17-17 22-23 27-28 28-29 Title: The title speaks of the main character and the thing with him. Theme : The theme of this poem is that a situation can be misunderstood very quickly. Scroggins, Danielle M. "Slob Central." Cartoon. Mom's the Word. 13 July 2010. Web. 19 May 2011. <http://www.wcmessenger.com/blogs/mom/?p=1327>.
Silverstien, Shel. "Messy Room - Poem by Shel Silverstein." Famous Poets and Poems - Read and Enjoy Poetry. 2006. Web. 19 May 2011. <http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/shel_silverstein/poems/14818>. I asked 'em how many awful grades
Can cause how many tears?
And if they got one answer wrong,
I just hung 'em up by their ears.

And when they talked or laughed in class,
I pinched 'em till they cried
Louder and louder- 'til I woke up
Feelin' very satisfied. Silverstein, Shel. "boa constrictor" Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems & Drawings. New York: HarperCollins, 1974. 45. Silverstein, Shel. "Crazy Dream" Falling Up. New York: Harper Collins, 1996. Title
I think the Title means someone is having a crazy dream

I had a crazy dream where I was at school and I was the teacher and my teachers were the students. I sent them on a weird fieldtrip gave them crazy reading assignments to read on their heads in the dark and I gave them an impossible homework assignment. Then when they got a question wrong I hung them by their ears. If they talked I would pinch them. Then I woke up very satisfied. Theme:
The theme of this poem is teachers give to much homework and they should give less so kids don't dream about torturing them. Title
There really isn’t a deeper meaning to this poem it literally is about a crazy dream someone has. Shifts
The main shift in this poem is when the narrator of the poem wakes up at the end. He has to go from a wild dream where he’s torturing his teachers to the reality where he has to wake up and go to school. Attitude
The attitude of this poem is the anger of how students don’t like schools and sometimes want to torture their teachers because they make them angry. This may have come from Shel Silversteisn child hood and he might possibly have had some bad relationships with his teachers Connotation
Shel Silverstein uses a lot of hyperbole such as “an overnight assignment to grow a 20 foot magnolia” and “gave ‘em a hundred history books to memorize each night”. Silverstein might have given his teachers these crazy assignments to show how he thought that when he was in school his teachers gave him crazy homework. Weinman., Sarah. "Shel Silverstein." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Web. 16 May 2011. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/104>. Silverstein, Shel. "The MeWho with an Exactlywatt". A Light in the Attic. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1981. Print. Dakota Redmond
Matthew Pagano
Caitlin Ward
Vahe Ouzounian
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