Shel Silverstein's 'Where The Sidewalk Ends'

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Kurt Chambers says it best, “ The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example of mankind”. Shel Silverstein’s childlike poem, “ Where the Sidewalk Ends” teaches us an important lesson about youth, where innocence and the imagination was plentiful. The author uses imagery and metaphors to show us how industrialization forces us to grow up. Children are part of this dream world where their imagination runs wild. “ And there the moonbird rests from his flight, to cool in the peppermint wind. Let us leave this place where the smoke blows back” (Lines 5-7). The author uses a metaphor to show that nature is pure and clean, and could possibly represent the innocence of the children, while the smoke was trying to represent

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