The Loser And Recipe For A Hippopotamus Sandwich

919 WordsDec 10, 20144 Pages
There may be a time when someone has been curious or has thought that an idea is boring. Then they find out that after they look into the idea, it’s a lot more interesting than they had thought at first. Well, the same thing for when reading a poem. Shel Silverstein introduces “The Loser” and “Recipe for a Hippopotamus Sandwich”. These poems contain a curiosity that is only exposed through the process of engaging in the poem. That is what Silverstein’s goal is. He uses creative wordplay and emphasizes the end rhyme to make the reader think about the events which are subtly revealed. This allows the reader to build a curiosity about the poems by leaving hints but not telling the reader what is really trying to be said. In his poems, Silverstein uses imaginative wordplay and emphasizing end rhyme to allow the reader to visualize and think about the events that are subtly revealed; this creates curiosity for the reader by leaving hints but not fully blurting out the facts, which makes the reader think and engage him/herself in the poem. To begin, Silverstein’s choice to use imaginative, creative wordplay creates that curiosity in the Reader which pulls them in to the poems and enables the reader to relate themselves to the poems as well. In “The Loser,” he compares him from losing his mind to literally losing his head. “It fell off and rolled away / and now it’s gone.” (Lines 5-6). The idea or thought of someone actually losing their head is very unusual. It’s easy to

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