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Whatif Analysis



Author: Poetry of Shel Silverstein Type: Poetry Views: 1281

Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
and pranced and partied all night long
and sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I'm dumb in school?
Whatif they've closed the swimming pool?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there's poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don't grow talle?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won't bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems well, and then
the nighttime Whatifs strike again!





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He is trying to tell that imagination is let loose at night, or it distracts you from sleep

| Posted on 2013-10-27 | by a guest


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i think that shel silverstein doesnt mean anything by any of this than to be funny and random

| Posted on 2013-05-11 | by a guest


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I think what he is saying is that you should live in the moment and if you worry too much about that which is out of your control you will be up all night worrying.

| Posted on 2013-04-28 | by a guest


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This poem means swagg your life out and im right because im for that educatedthugglife.

| Posted on 2012-04-24 | by a guest


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i think this poem has a lot more meaning to it than just all the comments up there.

| Posted on 2011-09-08 | by a guest


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I think this poem is showing Shels worries about his life.I think it also show his childlike thinking and ways to express his feelings about the stress of his earlier life.

| Posted on 2010-03-01 | by a guest


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I think think what ifs are awesome every body has them and some are just unique

| Posted on 2010-01-30 | by a guest


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the poem is not to be taken literally, or a "whatif". all of the whatifs being said are all worries and questions that are out of the persons control. it is unnecessary stress you could say, and each question cannot be helped or controled, so it is a persons desire to control and manage each question they may have. asking these questions before bed is when a person is most vaunrable and open minded; by asking these whatifs and stressing the person is showing their vaunrability and being unable to control.

| Posted on 2009-11-18 | by a guest


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I think that his poems are great i just wish there was a website with all meanigs of his poems. the reason i say this is because im doing a english paper on poems and i picked him as my poet, and i got a bunch of poems from him but i don't know what some of them mean and i need help with that and i just wish there was a website for all of that. This paper has to be 5-7 pages long and i need to talk about his poems.

| Posted on 2009-05-12 | by a guest


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Title: The title Whatifs could be about Sivlerstein’s thoughts about what if something had happed to him, what if something could happen, or what if something will happen to him.
Paraphrase: This poem is about Silverstein thinking in his bed before he was about to go to sleep, thinking, then some creatures called “Whatifs” went into his ear, and sang the song they always sing about What if something will happen. Once the “Whatifs” leave, they com back again to taunt Silverstein with their Whatif song.
Connotation: This poem actually means that everyone wonders “What if…” All through life we ask ourselves what if something will happen, and sometimes they can be threatening, while others can be good. It makes us appreciate life.
Title: I Hear America Singing is about the voices and song of each American about what they do, and when put together everyone sings the same song.

| Posted on 2009-02-02 | by a guest


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I found several different interpretations of this poem personally; a little boy with a vivid imagination dreaming about his life, someone under the influence of marijuana having a stimulated rant about life, or a hypochondriac worrying about the small things in life no one else does.

| Posted on 2009-01-22 | by a guest


.: What ifs are good :.

There is not a single person who does not get attacked by the what ifs every now and again. Throughout our lives we feel the burdens of all kinds of possibilities which in the moment seem to be life threatening. Whether they be as insignificant and silly as green hairs growing on our chest or as profound as death, divorce and war all what ifs are equally detremental to the person who is attacked by them. But is there any cure for what ifs? Ignorance would definately set aside many of them. But what ifs are not bad, though at times they may be bothersome. What ifs make us think, make us appreciate, and make us human. No life is complete without them.

| Posted on 2006-03-14 | by Approved Guest


.: What ifs are good :.

There is not a single person who does not get attacked by the what ifs every now and again. Throughout our lives we feel the burdens of all kinds of possibilities which in the moment seem to be life threatening. Whether they be as insignificant and silly as green hairs growing on our chest or as profound as death, divorce and war all what ifs are equally detremental to the person who is attacked by them. But is there any cure for what ifs? Ignorance would definately set aside many of them. But what ifs are not bad, though at times they may be bothersome. What ifs make us think, make us appreciate, and make us human. No life is complete without them.

| Posted on 2006-03-14 | by Approved Guest


.: Whatifs :.

this poem tells you the importants of knowing your "whatifs" as well as knowing how to cope with them. Some things won't go your way but you still have to deal with them. everybody has different "whatifs" make sure you know how to handle them. Nighttime is a time when many "whatifs" strike you hardest. That means you need to know how to respond with them. An example of this is that many young children are scared of monsters. as they get older they learn more and monsters do not frighten them any more. GO FOR IT!

| Posted on 2005-03-22 | by Approved Guest




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