Where The Sidewalk Ends Analysis

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Ethan Bersche
Mr. Wright
March 20, 2015

Where does the Sidewalk End?
An Analysis of Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

People are drawn to poetry because it uses words to express emotions that most people can only feel. The greatest poems tell stories that readers wish to be true. They open doors to worlds of which readers desire to be a part. Most North-American homes are blessed with one of Shel Silverstein's award winning poetry books. His poem Where the Sidewalk Ends is arguably the best poem of all time. In just three short but powerful stanzas, Silverstein is able to create that longing in readers that makes poems great. He accomplishes this through his masterful use of sound and sense, form, and symbolism
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The second, turns the reader against the ugly mechanical place which they currently inhabit. The third stanza

Bersche 3 invites them to come to this magical place. It is a very classic beginning, middle, end style story portrayed in an interesting way. By introducing the new world at the very beginning of the poem, it allows the reader to ponder it as they read. They become more and more intrigued as they go on, adding to their longing to find this incredible place.

The greatest purpose in poetry is to use words to paint to a picture in the mind of the reader. Where the Sidewalk Ends uses metaphor to make the reader long for a beautiful, natural world. Silverstein paints a picture of a world where the “grass grows soft and white” rather than green and itchy. The sun is frozen in a perfect “crimson” glow like a beautiful, permanent sunset.
The animals are magical and mystical “Moon-Birds” that fly through cool “peppermint wind”. It is also a place that is known best by children. This incredible place represents everything of which the reader could possibly dream. It taps into the human biological desire to be closer with nature and to stay young forever with their inner-child. This heavenly metaphorical world is a symbol for the freedom of childish imagination. Its beauty is emphasized through contrast as the poem continues. Silverstein describes a desolate city that forces the reader into adulthood where they are overcome by industrialization. This is where


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