The Unknown Paradise
Life pitches various paths to choose from, some that would benefit, and others that would not, and it is shown within the context of Shel Silverstein’s poem “Where the Sidewalk Ends”. This poem offers a different theme or perspective for different audiences, which helps capture the attention for all age groups. The anticipated end of one’s path and the impending arrival to the undistinguished afterlife “where the sidewalk ends” stands as the most dominant significance as an adults standpoint. For children, an understanding of the transition into adulthood, counts as the primary message in their interpretation. In this poem, Silverstein establishes imagery and offers diverse perceptions on the meaning of the poem which captures everybody’s attention and incorporates an understanding of life for different generations. Several adults have faith in the “unknown paradise” which they name heaven, and this poem is a representation of it. Shel uses metaphors that mimic heaven, which captures a mental illustration of this beautiful environment. “And there the grass grows soft and white, And there the sun burns crimson bright, And there the moon-bird rests from his flight” (Silverstein, 3-5). The poet uses “the grass grows soft and white”, as an assumption of the pure white clouds on which heaven lays. “And there the sun burns crimson bright” implies when the sun’s rays reflect on the clouds and creates that beautiful profound red painted sky (Brineee). “The moon-bird rests from his flight” symbolizes an unknown creature that only comes with imagination. These imaginations lead adults to believe that the “moon bird” is a human person resting on the clouds after death. These metaphors create a real sense of imagery that people will be. Living life and experiencing the world at a smaller and slower pace, is essential for a more successful and exultant time on earth. “Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black/ We shall walk with a walk that...
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