Rhetorical Analysis Of Messy Room By Shel Silverstein

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Rhetorical Analysis of Messy Room by Shel Silverstein

For the third rhetorical analysis I selected the poem "Messy Room" by Shel Silverstein. I would consider this poem to be a sonnet because of its relatively short length. I will analyze the poem based on my personal feelings I experienced while reading it and by using different ideas to interpret the author's intent.

Shel did a wonderful job in crafting the poem. It doesn't rhyme so it threw me off a little big at first but I was able to form a mental picture of what the messy room would look like. As I walk into the room the first thing I notice is the sour smell the possible cause being mildew from the wet and mucky chair or the dirty laundry. The next thing I see is the chaos of the room. Nothing is in order and it's stressful just to be in the room. I first question if the occupant even cares about his own things to have them strewn about as they are. I am even more disturbed to see the lizard sleeping on the bed, it goes past being disgusting to possible health concerns. The sock stuck to the wall and the underwear on the lamp makes me wonder what substance they are covered in that allows them to adhere to the wall.

While reading the poem the first emotion I experienced was anger. This was more from the assignment than the poem. I had to clear my head and allow the words to really penetrate my thoughts. The next emotion I felt was boredom because of the lack of rhyming words it got a little dull on the initial reading. Determination would be the most important emotion that I felt. I became determined to figure out what the author intended purpose was for this poem.

The first part of the poem that stuck out to me was the satirical tone of it. When I first read it I had the impression that Shel is a parent of a teenage son and this poem was written as a way to express their feelings about his filthy room. Shel starts the poem off with "Whosever room this is should be...

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