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Where The SideWalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (poetry interpretation)

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Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein Sheldon Allan Silverstein was born on September 25,1930 in Chicago,Illinois. Shel started out as a comic and song writer. He never saw himself writing children's books but one day a friend of his introduced him to Harper Collins’ legendary Ursula Nordstrom. Soon after,in 1964 The Giving Tree was published. The Giving Tree showed to be a massive hit. Where the Sidewalk Ends,a collection of poems (obviously including the poem Where the Sidewalk Ends) was published in 1974. Two more collections followed: A Light in the Attic in 1981, and Falling Up in 1996. Silverstein enjoyed a long successful career up until his death in May of 1999. To this day,many people still read and pass on Silverstein's works to younger generations. Shel Silverstein will forever be thought of as one of the greatest childrens authors and poets. Speaker: The speaker is an optimistic person in a pessimistic world.

Tone: The tone is optimistic and hopeful. Where the Sidewalk Ends


There is a place where the sidewalk ends A
And before the street begins, B
And there the grass grows soft and white, C
And there the sun burns crimson bright, C
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight C
To cool in the peppermint wind. B

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black D
And the dark street winds and bends. A
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow E
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow, E
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go E
To the place where the sidewalk ends. A

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow, E
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go, E
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know F
The place where the sidewalk ends. A Touch,sight sight touch,sight touch,sight,smell sight sight sight sight Hyperbole: Shel Silverstein uses certain words to make the town or place sound worse and the place "Where the Sidewalk Ends" sound peaceful. It sounds as if he is discribing the end of the world and for some,it may feel like the end. c< c< c< c< c< c< "and there the moonbird rests from his flight to cool in the peppermint wind" "let us leave this place where the smoke blows black" "past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow" "we shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow" "to the place where the sidewalk ends" "where the chalk-white arrows go" show that the tone is hopeful and optimistic. with the line "Where the chalk-white arrows go" it shows that where the sidewalk ends,not many dare to go;children have a wonderful sense of imagination and know that it's a good place. "We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow" where the sidewalk ends,you must walk slowly and go through it paced to fully experience it. Running would mean getting through it quickly and not really experiencing it. symbol: The sidewalk is a symbol for life and also imagination. Where the sidewalk ends could mean death. It could also be imagination because many people are afraid to step where the sidewalk ends because they don't know what lingers there and if it is dangerous or not;children know that imagination is a great thing and they think this way until society tells them it's wrong or weird. Theme: Live life to the fullest and when times get you down remember that the light at the end of the tunnel is ahead,have hope for your future. Literally,this poem is about living your life how you want,not missing out on things and never giving up. The author lived by this and became so much and changed so many lives. It's crazy to think that you could someday make a huge difference. Because "to the world you may just be a person,but to a person you may be the world." This poem is an optimistic outlook on life. Does not contain:
quatrains
similes
personification
onomotopaeia
Irony
allusion Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein




There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.
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