Analysis Of Where The Sidewalk Ends By Shel Silverstein

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Shel Silverstein’s books of poetry are often found in classrooms because of the sheer accessibility of his words and their meanings. The poem Where the Sidewalk Ends from the book of the same name is a testament to this point as he uses the simplest words to get his point across, he spells his message out so that anyone can absorb the information they read or hear. Silverstein’s consideration of his audience is what I believe gave myself and my friends our first conscious appreciation for poetry. It was conscious because we chose to read all of Silverstein’s work after having our teacher read Where the Sidewalk Ends from a poster in our school library. Tunnell et al. asserts that, “children have a natural affinity for poetry” stemming from
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