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Analysis and comments on Whatif by Shel Silverstein

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Comment 21 of 361, 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 361, 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 361, 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 361, 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 361, 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
Comment 16 of 361, added on April 28th, 2005 at 4:49 PM.

Your Poem was ok.I t is exactly what goes on in peoples mind when the
daydream.I am going to memorize this poem and perform it in front of my
language Arts class.

Sarah from United States
Comment 15 of 361, added on April 26th, 2005 at 10:54 AM.

this poem was ok but others think it was poop.

james from United States
Comment 14 of 361, added on April 22nd, 2005 at 7:34 PM.

Everytime I read your poem I think of what would will happen the next
day.The next day I sometimes I become worried if the things I dreamed of
would come true.I like all your poems especially Messy Room.The Messy Room
is my favorite poem you wrote.

Zayed from United States
Comment 13 of 361, added on April 15th, 2005 at 2:24 PM.

This is one Stupid poem!!!

Leon100 from United States
Comment 12 of 361, added on April 13th, 2005 at 10:26 PM.

I think this poem is exactly what goes on in the majority of people's
minds. People will always worry about the whatif's...it's interesting a
poem so simple and basic can be so powerful as far as sending a message.I
enjoyed reading it that i am choosing to do my paper on it for my lit.
class. read it yo, you'll like it. and definately relate to it.

Sau from Nicaragua

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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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