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Analysis and comments on Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

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Comment 19 of 19, added on August 29th, 2013 at 2:04 AM.

I love this poem, it moves me.

JRAlli from United States
Comment 18 of 19, added on April 17th, 2013 at 2:40 PM.

Deez silly Muricans... Makin a swidewalk with not enough concrete

Wamchag Lin from China
Comment 17 of 19, added on November 27th, 2011 at 7:43 PM.
True meaning

To me this poem so clearly represents the passage of life to death. The
wonderful place that Shel describes "where the sidewalk ends" is basically
heaven. The sidewalk that he describes in such a dark dreary way is the
troubles of life and the poem talks about the steady pace in which one
"walks" to their death. It also says the children know this so well and
this references the fact that children often come across the point in their
lives where they must learn to cope with their own mortality and for many
people they turn to religion or other beliefs that support a heavenly
afterlife. I cant believe no one saw this before in it !!!

The Gobble
Comment 16 of 19, added on October 26th, 2011 at 1:06 PM.

if you are commenting on this poem please put stuff that atually matters.
all the comments which have nothing to do with this poem are very
misleading. This poem is a peice of work and should b treated with respect,
because the poet put his time effort into it and people that put comments
that mean nothing are dis respectful yo shel silverstein.

pumkinpie from Canada
Comment 15 of 19, added on September 20th, 2011 at 12:38 PM.

Dis poem be off the heezy yo. i think it mean tha dudes makin da sidewalk
ranned outta concrete and didnt finish nah mean

Joe Shmo from Austria
Comment 14 of 19, added on February 10th, 2011 at 1:13 PM.

Shel has always wrote poems about the power of imagination. Where the
sidewalk ends signifies where reality ends as Kimberly previously stated.
In the first stanza he talks about various aspects of reality such as
buildings, the asphalt flowers, and the place where they end. In the last
stanza he repeats this with saying the children know where it ends because
imagination seems to fade with age. Only children truly have an amazing
imagination to be able to escape their troubles any time.

Comment 13 of 19, added on March 19th, 2010 at 10:19 PM.
Good Poemm

I think it means a new begining a fresh start where the street starts and
the sidewalk ends.

Jorge from United States
Comment 12 of 19, added on February 24th, 2010 at 10:23 PM.

In my opinion, where the sidewalk ends is where imagination begins and
where reality ends. This is shown in the first stanza when it talks about
white grass and peppermint winds, these things are not real. You can Also
see this when it says that the children know where this place is, all kids
use their imaginations. Overall, I bleieve what Shel Silverstein was trying
to say was that everyone should step back from real life once in awhile and
be creative and use their imaginations no matter what your age.

Kimberly from United States
Comment 11 of 19, added on January 19th, 2010 at 10:22 AM.

Ilove this poem. Does any one else?????

Tawny Culp from United States
Comment 10 of 19, added on May 6th, 2009 at 11:42 AM.

this poem seems to be about a place where you can go and nothing bad can
happen to you. all the troubles that you're running from go away and you
can focus on all the good. the children part was kind of confusing but i
guess that is just that the purity and innocence of the young is what makes
this place so amazing. where the sidewalk ends can be anywhere, a dream, a
place where you go and everything that you worry about just seems not to
matter anymore and the curuption of anything that has happened to you goes
away. there is no judgement. its just a place to free of who you are.

stephanie from United States

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Poet: Shel Silverstein
Poem: Where the Sidewalk Ends
Added: Apr 3 2007
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Poem of the Day: Nov 17 2008

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