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Analysis and comments on Whatif by Shel Silverstein

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Comment 49 of 379, added on April 16th, 2007 at 8:14 AM.

I think that this poem is showing us that if we only think of what could
have happened we won't see what did happen. We have to open our eyes and
see what is not what if.

Chelsea from United States
Comment 48 of 379, added on April 11th, 2007 at 2:47 PM.

i love this poem

stephanie from United States
Comment 47 of 379, added on December 25th, 2006 at 2:21 AM.

as the mother of a 16 year old girl and a 10 year old boy, as well as the
stepmother of a 9 year old boy, it nearly brings me to tears. my husband
recently lost his job and i am an unemployed nursing student. our worries
suddenly seem to pale in comparison to those of our children brought to
light by this work of art from an author both me & my children adore.

jennifer from United States
Comment 46 of 379, added on April 17th, 2006 at 11:59 PM.

this poem can be viewed at first glance as dark and gloomy. however, this
poem is about a child during the holocaust!

Jules from United States
Comment 45 of 379, added on March 29th, 2006 at 4:27 PM.

two things, first, shutup neriva,
second this poem is very realistic. Tha watifs always have their parties
right in your ear where you can sit i denile or acception of the

Puree from United States
Comment 44 of 379, added on March 23rd, 2006 at 10:47 AM.

i really liked the poem, it reminds me of things i think about every day

alyssa from United States
Comment 43 of 379, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 10:33 AM.

i liked it

dan from Japan
Comment 42 of 379, added on February 2nd, 2006 at 3:24 AM.

hey, this is the most stupid poem that a man can do, but it's all about
reality,,,, you know, people are stupid!? so why we pretend to be smart,
just be stupid and enjoy our life!?

neriva from Indonesia
Comment 41 of 379, added on February 1st, 2006 at 10:31 PM.

I am like a super freak and think about all this stuff every single night,
even days sometimes. I like this poem, and I love Shel's petry books also.
I have a few. And read a lot. It's a great poem. I like thed how the
divorce thing and war didn't rhyme also, they are serious (I agree from
what the other people said.) And since my parents are getting a divorce
that is serious to me.

Rachel from United States
Comment 40 of 379, added on January 31st, 2006 at 6:38 PM.

seriously this poem sums is up!!! this is what i go thru like every nite
when im fallin asleep! its freaking amazing!

Taylor from United States

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Poet: Shel Silverstein
Poem: Whatif
Volume: A Light in the Attic
Year: 1981
Added: Apr 22 2004
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