The sounds, senses, and word choices within the poem build the contrast to a distinct level to entice the reader to let go of adulthood long enough to find a break in youthful imagination. This contrast and invitation are the key elements to the poem, and the method of delivery is too striking to overlook those concepts. You can read the full poem here. This settles the reader into a moment of childish yearning that sets the tone for the poem since the primary theme seems to be leaving behind a hectic adult life for the sake of a more free moment of childhood joy. The interesting thing, however, is that this storybook approach of childish delivery does not take away from the sophistication of the poem. For those concepts that can be seen, not all of them read in a normal fashion.
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I bought all of Shel Silverstein's children's books for my son, when he was very young, and read them often for him. He loves the books. So do I. They went from my oldest granddaughter's bookshelf to my youngest and I hope they will stay for their children and grandchildren. Thank you for the additional data on this remarkable man: I had no idea!!
13 Life Lessons from Shel Silverstein Poems
April is National Poetry Month. Established in by the Academy of American Poets, its purpose is to increase the attention paid to the art of poetry, to our poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines. Celebrate Poetry Month by sharing the poetry of Shel Silverstein with your students. Create your own "Poet Tree" and celebrate poetry all April! Just print out a set of leaves, jot down a few poems, and share using ShelPoetTree.
Shel Silverstein, he was a truely amazing man, and most of these comments, are actually sickening Shel was an incredible author, i wish he could still be here today. 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.