Shel Silverstein

By Katie Bartolacci

The Early Life Of Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930. His parents are Nathan and Helen Silverstein. He went to collage at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, then later to Roosevelt University but he soon dropped out and joined the army in September 1953. He served at a lot of American military bases including Japan and Korea. In 1963 he started his career in writing children's books. The first book that he wrote that was published was Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio: the Lion Who Shot Back. the book that made Silverstein famous was The giving tree. In 1974 he came up with his first collection of poems Where The Sidewalk Ends.

The Poems I chose

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The Deadly Eye

the poetic elements that Silverstein has incorporated are:

  • rhyme: most lines
  • repetition: line 3
  • hyperbole: saying that if you look into someones eye that you will die

Danny O'Dare

the poetic elements that Silverstein has incorporated are:

  • rhyme
  • theme: funny/happy

Why Did I Select These Poems?

I selected these poems because these are the ones that stood out to me. Just by reading the titles I knew that I would like the poems.

Shel Silverstein

I believe that shel Silverstein should be recognized for his craft because his poems are not only fun but they all have a meaning. If you really read and break down the poems than you can almost always find those meanings.