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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends


by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Rhyme! Rhythm! Rhetorical flare! Yep, there's no shortage of all that in "Where the Sidewalk Ends," but Shel Silverstein doesn't follow any set rules: there's no special name for the form and me...


Unfortunately we don't know a single personal detail about our speaker. But by reading his lines, we can hazard some guesses about our guy. Maybe he's a father, maybe an uncle, maybe a teacher, or...


We have to do double duty when talking about the setting for this poem, because it takes place in two totally different locations. And bonus, each of these places has both a literal and a figurativ...

Sound Check

The poem takes us to the land where the sidewalk ends with a pace that is measured and slow (yeah, we stole that, we know), but we can't help but feel a little bounce in the poem's step. There is s...

What's Up With the Title?

The title of this poem, "Where the Sidewalk Ends," is also the title of the entire book in which it was published, so we should definitely pay it some attention. What's so amazing about this title...

Calling Card

While at first glance it may seem that Silverstein's poetry is simply splendidly silly, when you look again, you can see that behind the whimsical drawings and rhymes hides a world view that offers...


Sail the ship of imagination to the world of your wildest dreams. This poem is easy for a child to read, but might be difficult for anyone, regardless of age, who tries too hard to be grown-up.


Shel Silverstein wrote songs for such greats as Johnny Cash. How stinkin' cool is that? (Source.)Our poet served in the US Army in both Japan and Korea during the 1950s. Surely, the army didn't kno...

Steaminess Rating

This poem takes us back to a land far too pure and innocent to involve sex. So read it aloud to whomever you'd like, and prepare for quite a hike back to the realm of the untarnished imagination.

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