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library.” The first line gets straight to the message of the poem. We know from the very start what the poem is going to be about and it is a great attention grabber to pull the reader into the poem. Some of the most important lines in this poem are in the last stanza. Lewis starts to add the finishing touches on his poem masterpiece. These last few statements help us picture a coffin tucked away in the back of a library. I imagine the “bookworms” he talks about would be Victor Hugo, Louis Lamour and such. “Why back by a rack of Magazines, I won't be sad too often, If they bury me in the library With Bookworms in my coffin.” “Magazines surround my view, I won’t even be blue If I’m partnered to, Bookworms that will be the best death crew.” 2. The poem “Smart” by Shel Silverstein discusses an important lesson of value and irony. The theme in this poem is one thing can be more valuable than many things. The main character in this poem is a young boy (no name is mentioned). The plot formed in this poem surrounds a young boy and the many ways he uses his “smarts” to acquire more money (number wise). He swaps them for two quarters and then for three dimes from Lou. His three dimes turn into four nickels after an exchange from old blind Bates! Four nickels is traded for Hiram Coomb’s five pennies. Proud of his “countless” coins, he rushes to show his father how his investment went. The boy mistakes an angry reaction for a proud and speechless one! The setting is unclear in the story. It reads as though he goes to several places like maybe a school, street, and a neighbors house. The point of view is first-person through the eyes of the young boy. The rhythm is recognizable and is very clean. The rhyming meters are written every other word. When I read the poem out
loud the sound patterns were repetitive and catchy, making it easier to guess the rhyming word. The words rolled off the tongue and made it easy for me to memorize it. Shel Silverstein uses irony in his humorous poem as we are able to guess the next outcome for the overexcited little boy. Silverstein also uses foil by comparing the smarts of the other characters to the foolish little boy. The attitude it reveals is excitement and achievement. Although the boy technically does not achieve much but his father’s anger, he feels as if he has won the world. The condenses message of this poem is one thing can be more valuable than many things. One dollar bill may not seem like an incredible amount to a young boy as 5 pennies but his knowledge of the worth of each of those things is unknown. He innocently does what he thinks is best for his money and thinks he has just beaten and fooled each of the people he encounters. I think the most important stanzas and meters are near the end as the boy’s original amount has gone down significantly. And then I went and showed my dad, And he got red in the cheeks And closed his eyes and shook his head-- Too proud of me to speak!” “I jumped with joy and showed my pa. His cheeks were red, he was in awe! With a shake of his head, he closed his eyes. I knew I was his favorite prize!”

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