How Does The Poem Where The Sidewalk Ends, Imagination Begin

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Carlen Knapp Period one April 18, 2015 Where The Sidewalk Ends, Imagination Begins When I first read this poem I honestly thought it was describing a place. It didn’t make much sense to me. I didn't understand this place he was describing and I didn't have any idea why he would. I wondered what was so special about a place between a side walk and a street. I reread it and realized that he wasn't describing a physical place. It was more of a state of mind. The end of the side walk was actually just a metaphor. The first stanza is describing this place where the sidewalk ends. It is describing it as this blissful and amazing place. It talks about how the "grass grows soft and white" and " the sun burns crimson bright" and "the peppermint wind". The first time, this stanza really confused me. I mean what did the writer mean by these things? The second time I read through this stanza really clicked. This isn't an actual physical place. He was describing all of these traits as unrealistic. That made me realize that he was describing a place of the mind and the imagination.…show more content…
It was obvious that he was describing a busy city setting. He talks about "this place where the smoke blows black", as in the place we are at has a lot of factories and cars. He then says "the dark street winds and bends" which means he is talking about how there are a bunch of roads. He then talks about "a walk that is measured and slow" which talks about how people in busy cities usually walk. They usually have a place they have to be at, so they walk very quickly and with out any thought. The poem talks about these "chalk-white arrows" which hints at children. We often associate chalk with children. This stanza is basically talking about leaving a

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