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Analysis and comments on Whatif by Shel Silverstein

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Comment 16 of 356, 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 356, 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 356, 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 356, added on April 15th, 2005 at 2:24 PM.

This is one Stupid poem!!!

Leon100 from United States
Comment 12 of 356, 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
Comment 11 of 356, added on April 6th, 2005 at 9:19 PM.

Whatifs...are they real or are they just mere fragments of imagination from
the truth? The truth, heck the truth is that in life, you don't whatif this
or that, you actually live out your life. Don't whatif this or that,
actually do it!! =D

Hnery Yu from Canada
Comment 10 of 356, 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

mallika from United States
Comment 9 of 356, 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 356, 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 356, 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

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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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