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Picture Puzzle Piece

English 2 Poetry
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Courtney Hudson

on 17 October 2012

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Transcript of Picture Puzzle Piece

Courtney Hudson
English 2 Block 3
October 16, 2012 Picture Puzzle Piece One picture puzzle piece
Lyin' on the sidewalk,
One picture puzzle piece
Soakin' in the rain.
It might be a button of blue
On the coat of the woman
Who lived in a shoe.
It might be a magical bean,
Or a fold in the red
Velvet robe of a queen.
It might be the one little bite
Of the apple her stepmother
Gave to Snow White.
It might be the veil of a bride
Or a bottle with some evil genie inside.
It might be a small tuft of hair
On the big bouncy belly
Of Bobo the Bear.
It might be a bit of the cloak
Of the Witch of the West
As she melted to smoke.
It might be a shadowy trace
Of a tear that runs down an angel's face.
Nothing has more possibilities
Than one old wet picture puzzle piece. Silverstein uses alliteration with P's for special effect. P is a fun sound and it will help the readers remember the title. Rhyming makes the poem fun to read, and it helps the understanding of each and every line. Shel Silverstein Born September 25, 1930
Was Jewish
Children's poet
Started writing at the age of 12
Would have rather been playing sports with other kids his age but never had athletic ability
Began writing because girls showed no interest in him
Joined the military and on his off time he worked as a cartoonist
Cartoonist for Playboy
Wrote other poems too but mainly just children's poems
Won numerous awards for several poems
Before he died he began writing plays
Passed away May 10, 1999 Imagery is shown by the color words, words like velvet, and phrases like Soakin' in the rain. These words help the reader visualize and paint a picture in their head. Silverstein uses a lot of allusion throughout the entire poem. He references from The Women Who Lived in a Shoe, Jack and the Giant Bean Stalk, Snow White, Bobo the Bear, and Wizard of Oz. Those are all very familiar children's stories so it helps to get an idea of the meaning. The entire poem is in one stanza, and the use of punctuation is what the author uses to separate concepts. Every time there is a period, it ends a thought of what the puzzle piece could be. This type of poem is called a contemporary poem. Picture Puzzle Piece has a very direct meaning. I believe that the author is describing a few of the several things that the soggy wet puzzle piece could be. He is saying that everyone has their own ideas, and everyone looks at things differently. There isn't a right answer to what the puzzle piece is, it could be anything you want it to be. The way Silverstein created the poem and used literary elements, was strong in showing what he wanted the poem to mean.
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