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Shel Silverstein- Creative Writing

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Austin Odom

on 29 March 2013

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Transcript of Shel Silverstein- Creative Writing

Shel Silverstein a presentation by Jade and Austin Born September 25, 1932 in Chicago
Found that he was naturally good at writing and doodling as opposed to his passion for playing baseball
Developed his own art style early on
Writing and art were not particularly influenced by significant events in his early life
Typical childhood experiences lead to idealized writing in his later works
Expelled for poor grades at both the University of Illinois and Chicago School of Fine Arts
Contributed to the school newspaper THE TORCH while studying English at Roosevelt University
Drafted into the Army during the Korean War-1953 where he began cartooning for the STARS AND STRIPES military publication
Dabbled in cartooning for Playboy
Harper and Brothers book editor Ursula Nordstrom- convinced Silverstein that he could be a successful children's book author Published first children's book in 1963- Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back Was followed in 1964 by some of his most famous children's works... and... which was published ten years later and won the New York Times Outstanding Book for Children Award The Giving Tree basic ethics associated with unconditional love
teaches kids to not take the things they have for granted
be appreciative, not selfish
allows children to think critically Metaphorical value is heavy throughout: most poems introduce ideas most children are unfamiliar with

Other poems possess symbolism regarding every day responsibilities associated with growing up

Silliness is key, allowing kids to relate to all of Silverstein's concepts No Difference Small as a peanut,
Big as a giant,
We're all the same size
When we turn off the light.

Rich as a sultan,
Poor as a mite,
We're all worth the same
When we turn off the light.

Red black or orange,
Yellow or white
We all look the same
When we turn off the light.

So maybe the way
To make everything right
Is for God to just reach out
And turn off the light! Warning Inside everybody’s nose
There lives a sharp-toothed snail.
So if you stick your finger in,
He may bite off your nail.
Stick it farther up inside,
And he may bite your ring off.
Stick it all the way, and he
May bite the whole darn thing off. Elements to Extract use of illustrative elements to elaborate concepts/imagery
complete ideas in poetry (plot with beginning, middle, end)
simple technique and rhythm
strong presence of underlying and effective metaphor/ personification SOURCES http://www.super-childrens-books.com/shel-silverstein-biography.html
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