Analysis Of ' Where The Sidewalk Ends ' A Poem Analysis

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Research Paper and Poem Analysis: Shel Silverstein
“Where the Sidewalk Ends” A poem analysis Have you ever been scared to cross the street when you were a child? Have you ever sat and stared at the paint that is on the road and wondered if that is what is keeping you safe? Shel Silverstein’s poem, “Where the Sidewalk Ends” a three stanza poem, and is in the view of a child. It is very descriptive about what the child is seeing also. I believe that Silverstein was trying to get kids to understand that the lines of the street are to protect them, and that he loved kids, because he wrote so much poetry and so many books for children. In the first stanza of “ Where the sidewalk ends,” Silverstein is explaining the scene, with nice descriptive words, “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” (1-6). The word choice and descriptive language definitely brought me back to a time when I was younger. Silverstein obviously didn’t follow any set rules, he made it his very own. The place I think he might be talking about is the borderline between night and day, or sun and the moon. It’s the middle of two things that are opposites. The second stanza mostly focuses on explaining that if you follow the guidelines then you will not be harmed. For example, “Past the pits where the asphalt…
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