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Poetry Analysis

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mackenzie black

on 11 February 2015

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Transcript of Poetry Analysis

Poetry Analysis

This poem reminded me of how we can sometimes go through our whole lives pretending to be someone else, hoping to find like-minded souls but afraid to reveal our true selves.
Self worth, finding happiness, and expression.

Masks
She had blue skin,
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through.
Then passed right by–
And never knew
Sheldon Allan Silverstein

Shel Silverstein born September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, grew up in Logan Square neighborhood and attended Roosevelt High School and, later, the University of Illinois, from which he was expelled.
He then attended Chicago Academy of Fine Arts when he was drafted into the United States Army. He served in Japan and Korea.
The poems structure and style don't really have much of an effect on the meaning of the poem.

The purpose if this poem is catharsis because he is talking bout his feelings and trying to appeal to the readers feelings as well.

This poem could make sense written in a different tense but probably not with stanzas removed or parts changed.

This poem reveals about the author that he might have had to hide his true self at some point in his life
Setting: Timeless
Narrator: Implicit
Theme: indirectly stated
Mood: serious
Rhyme scheme: ABCBDDED
Stanzas: 1
Tense: past
Style: symbolic
Stylistic register: formal language




He had one daughter, Shoshanna Jordan Hastings, born June 30, 1970, with Susan Taylor Hastings of Sausalito, California. Susan died on June 29, 1975, one day before Shoshanna's fifth birthday, and Shoshanna died April 24, 1982, at age 11, of a cerebral aneurysm.

He also had a son named Matthew, born November 10, 1984, with Sarah Spencer of Key West, Florida. On May 10, 1999, Silverstein died at age 68 of a massive heart attack in Key West, Florida.
By: Shel Silverstein
Meaning of Poem
Content
Themes
I believe that all of the above are themes because this poem is about trying to cover up your true self worth or feelings and not knowing what/ how others really are because they are covering up their true identities as well. Its also about finding happiness because if everyone would show who they truly are then they could find happiness with one another because they would really know who the other person is.
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