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Analysis and comments on Whatif by Shel Silverstein

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Comment 26 of 356, added on June 13th, 2005 at 5:05 AM.

This is a really great poem. Our life is also full many whatifs and if we
could just get the answers of our whatifs then i think we would come across
the real beauty of this world n our own life n this will also help us in
overcoming our desires.Aristotle once quoted


Anne from Pakistan
Comment 25 of 356, added on June 5th, 2005 at 12:46 PM.

I think the one of the strongest points of this poem is that everyone can
relate to it. I have gotten crazy with what-ifs, they are very persistent,
and they have ruined many a night, day, and even longer periods for me.
But their little song and dance is nonsense. We could all what-if
ourselves into the grave. Somebody on here said her parents taught her to
focus on what IS instead of what IF. That is good advice, very smart

katie from United States
Comment 24 of 356, added on June 3rd, 2005 at 2:13 PM.

I like this poem i feel like means that if u do have alot of whatifs in
your life dont worry about them until thy pop up. EX:Everything seems well
and then the nighttime whatifs strike again. I chose this poem 4 a project
of mine because it is that good!!!!!!!!

giovanni from United States
Comment 23 of 356, added on May 26th, 2005 at 6:28 AM.

well it`s all what if these days

whatif, i never went to school
it dont mean im dumb.

whatif, i dont go to college
does it mean i wont learn anything.

the wold these days are all about whatif.

whatif, i like this peom.

dave, essex, united kingdom

dave from United Kingdom
Comment 22 of 356, added on May 25th, 2005 at 9:06 PM.

My daughter just read this poem at school, along with a poem that she had
written. She lost this particular poem after the poem readings were done,
she was very upset. She loved this poem, in sixth grade her life is full
of Whatifs... how appropriate. I was glad to find it and plan to get the
book for her.

Debbie Dodson from United States
Comment 21 of 356, added on May 24th, 2005 at 7:21 AM.

The couplet about divorce and war seem very threatening and possible. The
fears do not fit somehow - Is this a device to draw attention to them? or
is the poet inviting personal revisions:

Whatif I should end up poor?
Whatif I were held by force?

Interesting exercise? Why not try it?

Peter from Canada
Comment 20 of 356, added on May 17th, 2005 at 12:31 AM.

I have been studying poems in my English class. To tell the truth, most of
the poems we have studied have been very depressing, dark, and gloomy.
When asked to select a poem to read to the class, I wanted something
upbeat. This poem was perfect! It showed that you can still worry and go
through life but not be depressing about it. With the added humorous
lines, the poem became fun. I was glad to have found it.

Chimney from United States
Comment 19 of 356, added on May 7th, 2005 at 11:03 PM.

I wonder if there's any significance to the fact that nearly every couplet
has a more rational fear on the first line, and then a more illogical fear
on the second line - except for the "Whatif they start a war? Whatif my
parents get divorced?" and the "Whatif I tear my pants? Whatif I never
learn to dance?"

Jordan from United States
Comment 18 of 356, added on May 1st, 2005 at 9:27 PM.

I think that it's really funny and cute , and that this is a relly great
poem and I'll recomened it to my friends.

Hailey from United States
Comment 17 of 356, added on May 1st, 2005 at 12:00 PM.

This poem is really cool! im doing poetry in English and this is one poem
im going to present to my class! Whatifs go threw my head ALL the time!

Nikki from Australia

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Poet: Shel Silverstein
Poem: Whatif
Volume: A Light in the Attic
Year: 1981
Added: Apr 22 2004
Viewed: 1993 times

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