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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

by Shel Silverstein

Exploration Quotes

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Quote #1

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
and before the street begins (1-2)

Now don't these lines just make you want to get out your sleeping bag, your tent, and your pocketknife to go camp out in the woods for a few days? Well, regardless of whether they do or not, it takes an adventurous soul to venture out to an unknown place, beyond the city, where maps are of no use. Are you up for exploring the realm of your own imagination, wherever it may transport you?

Quote #2

And there the moon-bird rests from his flight (5)

And there the moon-bird rests from his flight (5)
Though this line doesn't talk directly about the moon at all, just the mention of the word moon makes us remember the human urge to explore – whether it's the Wild West, the stretches of outer space, or a realm we've created inside our minds. After all, it was this very urge that put a man on the moon in the first place.

Quote #3

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black (7)

What Shmoop loves about this line is that we're being invited along for the ride. After all, what's exploration without having all your buddies along for the ride, or at the very least a sidekick.

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