“Tell me I’m clever, tell me I’m kind, tell me I’m talented, tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and Wise, tell me I’m perfect-- But tell me the TRUTH” is one of the quotes made by Shel Silverstein from Falling Up. Silverstein likes to write humorous poetry that sometimes include drawings and is also known well for writing to children of young age. His poetry is often mixed with seriousness and silliness. Silverstein had an interest in music as well. For example, in 1960, Silverstein was interested in folk music and at some point in his life, he began writing his own musical works. Additionally, Silverstein participated in making his own plays, one of which was called “The Lady or The Tiger Show”. Overall, Silverstein was more than just a poet; he was also an actor as well as an artist in drawings and music.
From the battlefield to the city street, Shel Silverstein found a platform for his creativity through drawing and writing. Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25th, 1930 and his death occurred from a heart attack, which happened in Key West, Florida on May 10, 1999 (Poets.org). His creativity in writing and drawing came out at quite a young age (Ocities.org). “He started out as a cartoonist, publishing work in Playboy and the military publication Star & Stripes, before turning to children’s books” (The Poetry Foundation). He found his talent in not only creating cartoons, but also in other creative areas, which consisted of poetry, music, and writing (Poets.org). The person who influenced him to start writing for children was book editor, Ursula Nordstrom. One of his best known stories is entitled “The Giving Tree”. The tree in this particular best-selling book acts like a mother to a boy. This can help children by teaching them to care about others. His work still lives on, even after his death.
Shel Silverstein’s unconventional look at the everyday ordinary events of life is what makes his poetry memorable. “Silverstein is best known as the author of ironic books of prose and poetry for young readers” (Poets.org). Not to mention that most of his works have a distinct rhythmic freestyle form such as in “Sick” and “Noise Day” (Shel Silverstein Poems). In additional works such as “Early Bird” and “Nope”, both rhythm and rhyme are prevalent (Shel Silverstein Poems). Some like “Deaf Donald” have illustrations that go with the poem while other poems like “Picture Puzzle Piece” have a bit of alliteration. As can be seen, his works are not all the same and the fresh twist to the ordinary is what sets silverstein’s work apart from other poets of his time.
Moreover, Silverstein’s work is unique in more ways than one. Diving Board, describes how an onlooker is watching somebody on a diving board....