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Analysis and comments on Whatif by Shel Silverstein

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Comment 10 of 350, added on January 23rd, 2005 at 8:59 PM.

The first time I read this poem was when I was around 6 years old. It was
the first Silverstein poem I ever read. I remember this poem really
sticking in my mind because I had worried about every single one of the
things that was mentioned in this poem (exempt the fish not biting lol).
I'm now thirteen and although I still worry I have learned not to let the
"whatif's" get to me. My philosophy is do your best, but you can't controll
everything.

mallika from United States
Comment 9 of 350, added on December 15th, 2004 at 5:24 PM.

that sounds like what i think about all of the time, i alwayz wornder if
anything bad will happen to me the next day. **JESUS ROX MY SOX**

Catty from United States
Comment 8 of 350, added on December 7th, 2004 at 5:57 PM.

i think this poem tells us exactly what life is like. some nights i sit in
bed thinking "what if this and what if that?" well let me tell you that
doesn't help me figure out anything. you should live life for the what is's
and what are's. not the what if's :)

Jena from United States
Comment 7 of 350, added on December 2nd, 2004 at 1:42 PM.

You can always look out at your life and say whatif. You have to look at
what is going on now because the past can't be changed.

Dr. Dave from United States
Comment 6 of 350, added on November 15th, 2004 at 5:03 PM.

IF you always think about the whatifs, then life will be so negative and
you won't worry about anything else. The whatifs don't even matter, unless
they actually happen.

John from United States
Comment 5 of 350, added on October 26th, 2004 at 4:18 PM.

Well, I think that some of everyone picks thier brain apart with the what
if's and how comes of life. The way the author says when he stops thinking
everythings okay is saying to me, that we will all drive ourselves crazy
thinking what could maybe happen but if we take time and step back it's not
too much for us to handle. But there will always be the ones who will fret
to be fretting

MIzzChievyus from United States
Comment 4 of 350, added on October 19th, 2004 at 9:05 PM.

I think the poem is explaining everything the poet is going through to
strive in life and I myself have thought about them too. All the time I'm
telling myself whatif and the poet seems be another person that has these
thoughts also. It makes me feel good to know that I'm not the only one who
seeks to know these answers in my life as I'm growing up from being a teen
to soon being an adult. I will probably still ask myself these questions no
matter what age I am.

Vivian Figueroa from United States
Comment 3 of 350, added on October 19th, 2004 at 9:25 AM.

Whatif this poem wasn't actually talking about someone who is actually
thinking these things. Whatif this is someones life and all of these things
happen to him and for one second everything is perfect but then everything
goes back to normal and something happens bad so it's telling us that life
is full of bad occurances you just have to deal with it

Rafi from Israel
Comment 2 of 350, added on October 10th, 2004 at 10:15 PM.

I'm not much of a poem reader, but this one made me laugh.

Raif Box
Comment 1 of 350, added on October 6th, 2004 at 9:42 PM.

I grew up hearing from my parents. Telling me to forget whatif and think
whatis! so this really hit home for me.

Karin Laderoute from Canada

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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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