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Analysis and comments on A Boy Named Sue by Shel Silverstein

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Comment 30 of 140, added on December 19th, 2006 at 6:01 PM.

The poem is great! Why is the slang, and to some offensive words needed?

If the reader, or listener to the song can't get the drift, and interpit to
his/her own notions, then they have missed the whole picture.

The cursing, slang, etc. is just a "fill" for lack of vocabulary. If you
don't get that....take some language classes.

Oh, BTW...I'm not offended personally, and ain't going to preach...this is
just my opinion. (Yes..."ain't" is not good English...right? ;-)

Spongy Bull from United States
Comment 29 of 140, added on December 19th, 2006 at 5:55 PM.

A poem anyone (or nearly) who reads or listens to the song by Johnny Cash
can relate to. Very heartfelt and down to the nitty gritty.

It's one of those rare poems that has real soul..and Johnny did it great

Thanks, Shel and Johnny. Great team.

Alec from United States
Comment 28 of 140, added on June 8th, 2006 at 12:37 PM.

I loved it

Chloe from United States
Comment 27 of 140, added on May 15th, 2006 at 8:17 AM.

Im a very big fan of Jony Cash so I really enhoyed it.

Lucas from Canada
Comment 26 of 140, added on May 4th, 2006 at 11:26 AM.

I really like this poem however, I can't believe you changed the wrods from
" mother fucker" to "nut". You are changing a classic.
I didnt know Shel Silverstein had died!! I'm writng a schoo paper on him
and i found this so far the most informative. I may be only 14 but i can
appretiate the talents of those who posses it, Shel Siverstein did. I hope
more people can enjoy his work. This site is helping to pass on his stories
and let the children who didnt grow up in his time still grow up with his
stories, thank you.

Jesse from Canada
Comment 25 of 140, added on April 21st, 2006 at 9:14 AM.

I really thought this poem was cute! Espesially cuz it was made into a
song. Although "A Boy Named Sue" is a strange name for a poem. I love
Johnny Cash though.

Katelyn M from United States
Comment 24 of 140, added on April 17th, 2006 at 2:16 PM.

I also like Johnny Cash. My Grandmother has his records and I heard the
song and later I looked up the poem. Shel Silverstein is an awsome song
writter and now I listen to his songs all the time

Melissa from United States
Comment 23 of 140, added on March 27th, 2006 at 3:42 PM.

I love his poems and everything....BUT....i never knew that he died...lol
well jus thought that i'd leave a comment....byee oh yes i love johnny cash

Marissa from United States
Comment 22 of 140, added on March 25th, 2006 at 6:15 PM.

i grew up to johnny cah and im still quite young but no matter what his
song wll never get old.I am 13 years ld and I'm proud to admit that i love
all music includinggood old Johnny C. R.I.P.Johnny Cash and may your music
live on with peaceful notes.

Amber from United States
Comment 21 of 140, added on March 16th, 2006 at 12:34 PM.

This poem us awsoem i never knew that shel wrote it. Im a big fan of johnny
and not really reading poems but now im gonna read more of shels cause he
wrote this great one

Ethan Smith

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Poet: Shel Silverstein
Poem: A Boy Named Sue
Volume: sung by Johnny Cash
Year: 1969
Added: Apr 22 2004
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