“Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too,” by Shel Silverstein, follows three friends on their journey in a shoe and how they will drop everything for a great adventure.
In stanza one, the three friends come together and fly away in a shoe. You can see by their exclamations, “Hooray!” and “What Fun,” that they are pretty excited to go on an adventure no matter where it takes them.
In the second stanza, we learn that each of them has their own job and working together is the only way to get things done. Without a captain, like Ickle, they would not know where to go. If Pickle weren’t the crew they may have some malfunctions and would not stay in the air very long. Lastly, if Tickle didn’t serve food they would not survive very long.
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Shel Silverstein named them, Ickle, Pickle, and Tickle, which all end in that “ickle” sound. This adds a kind of rhythm and voice to the poem and helps the reader read it in the way that Silverstein would have read it. Kind of choppy and accented on the “ickle” part. He also uses rhyming throughout the poem by rhyming different words with the word “too.” For example, “too” and “shoe” and “flew” and “stew” and “blue” and “do” and “knew.” This helps the poem by drawing it all together and making it seem like one whole poem rather than a bunch of different stanzas haphazardly set together.
Secondly, Shel Silverstein uses repetition to draw his poem together into one complete piece. For instance, he repeats, “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too,” at the end of every stanza. This kind of wraps up the stanza before beginning the next one. He also repeats “higher” three times in stanza two. This gives the poem that over-the-top feeling that makes it seem magical.
Lastly, he uses rhythm to give the reader an easier way to read the poem, as well as much needed structure. Each of his stanzas are written with the lines in a pattern of, long, long, short, short, short, long. This helps the poem because it structures each of the stanzas to make them read the same and draws the whole thing together into one conclusive
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It is set up in a messy structure to display the imagery, but still readable for the audience. The sentence “this is the time of lilly pillies plumping into (fullness)” in the first stanza has a bracket around it to represent the word that takes up the entire line, whereas the word “leaves” in the third stanza represents the line through the middle of a leaf. In the next sentence, the word “falling” has letters in a different line, making it look like the letters are actually falling down. On the next pages, the word “migration” is written with the letters spread out. This is because “migration” is when something moves away, so the letters are moving further away from each other.
It gives the poem an uneven feeling, as if the lines were incomplete, much like how the soldiers may not feel whole anymore after an over-exposure to the brutality of war. The last word in each line of stanza five: “to-day … move; … eye” and “cave” do not rhyme, showing how a dead man decaying in the open is unusual. This stanza differs from the others since this stanza is the only one to have no rhyming pattern at all. Though the lack of rhyming structure in the fifth stanza would most likely be overlooked, the lack of rhyming happens at the stanza about the soldier’s decaying body. The shift from semi-regular to irregular rhyming exemplifies how the sudden change from normality is meant to create the feeling
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The book In Beauty Bright by Gerald Stern, Stern writes poems that are descriptive in a way that many creates such a vivid picture for the reader that it creates a story. Stern does this by not only describing to his reader but by his style of writing. All in all In Beauty Bright creates vivid images that seem to place the reader in the scene that is being described. In the text Stern uses his descriptive abilities to create vivid pictures for the reader.
Oliver begins this stanza by writing “little by little…you left their voices behind”, showing the reader’s transformation from someone who relied on the voices of others to someone who now relies on themselves. In the later lines she writes, “there was a new voice, / which you slowly / recognized as your own”, showing that the reader finally discovered their own voice throughout their journey. With the reader finding their own voice, they can now rely on themselves and have no need for the voices and other impediments that appeared in the first two stanzas. The new voice “kept [the reader] company” during the journey, showing that their own voice will always be there to support them, making them more independent. The reader’s newly found voice also keeps them company as they continue “deeper and deeper / into the world”.
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For example in stanza five there are two rhyming triplets. The tone of the poem also changes accordingly to the action in the poem, the rhyme, rhythm and measure. At first skeptical, almost discouraging, but after it gains hope. At a point that hope shatters and the tone becomes grave and sorrow. The poem as well as the charge end quietly in a plain stanza, the last stanza which different but still inspirational.
Foreshadowing is used in the poem to show the reader a glimpse of what may happen in the future of the poem. Alliteration can be described as words with the same sounding letter. The literary devices of the epic poem help the reader to stay interested in the reading and at the same time help understand the writing. Kenning is a form of writing in old English that takes a words and transforms it into the same meaning but in an older language.
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Without his influence of structure, the poem would merely be, “Black against white sky”. There is a world of difference between what it literally was, letter by letter, and what he made it. By using structure creatively and using odd punctuation marks in places that they most certainly don’t belong in a grammatical sense it creates more of a feeling of distraction and disorder. The poem is given an opposite meaning without even changing a single word. If you were to fully analyze this poem without all of its additions, it would be the absolute antithesis of what he has made it to be: interesting and mild chaotic.