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Where The Sidewalk Ends Analysis

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Rachel Anne

on 25 May 2015

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Where The Sidewalk Ends Analysis
Summary
The poem 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' is about an imaginative place where one can escape the gloom of the city and responsibility of adult life, and return to enjoying nature and the simplicity of childhood.
In the poem, the author uses the symbol of the sidewalk as the journey through childhood, and the symbol of the street as the journey through adulthood.
Mood: Hope
'And there the sun burns crimson bright, / ...Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black'

Here the author uses the symbol of light to contrast the city and the place where the sidewalk ends as well as adulthood and childhood.
Light is a symbol of happiness in this passage
Using sensory appeal of sight, the mood hope is conveyed by having the opportunity to leave the dreary city and escape to the cheery place where the sidewalk ends.
Mood: Hope
'And there the moon-bird rests from his flight /
To cool in the peppermint wind.'

In this passage the moon-bird is a symbol for the people visiting the place where the sidewalk ends.
Therefore, using symbolism, the mood hope is demonstrated through the people's ability to rest and relax.
They may also escape the responsibilities of adult life and return to care-free childhood
Mood: Hope
'...go where the chalk-white arrows go, / For the children they mark and the children they know,'

The tone in this passage suggests that everything would be better if we returned to the naivete of children. This way, we wouldn't be so consumed by industrialism.
Through the tone, the mood hope is achieved by the notion that the children know the way to happiness, and can lead the adults there.
Theme: Continue Exploring Throughout Life
Theme: Continue Exploring Throughout Life
Theme: Continue Exploring Throughout Life
'Where the Sidewalk Ends'
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.
'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.'

Here the author uses sensory appeal of scent, sight and touch. The use of these senses opens up the imagination to what might be out there, in this place where the sidewalk ends.
This reminds the readers of their childhood and inspires them to explore and play, therefore establishing the theme of continuing to explore throughout life.
'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'

In this passage, imagery is used to portray the world as dismal and confining.
The asphalt flowers represent childhood memories.
The imagery and symbolism in this passage demonstrate the theme 'continue exploring throughout life' because although the world is very confining, the small flowers that break through the asphalt can inspire adults to yearn for more, and explore their surroundings to find it.
'Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow, / And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,'

The walk that is measured and slow is a symbol for taking your time to explore your surroundings, which will lead the adults to the chalk-white arrows.
This passage conveys the theme 'continue exploring throughout life' because the adults are exploring and finding the path of arrows to the place where the sidewalk ends.
By: Rachel C.
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