Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Off with Her Head!

Read the following poem by Shel Silverstein from Where the Sidewalk Ends:

She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME
And up she grew so tall,
She ate from a plate called TASTE ME
And down she shrank so small
And so she changed, while other folks
Never tried nothin’ at all

The rhyme scheme of the poem is AB AB CB. Why does the author change the rhyme scheme in line 5?

a. He couldn't find another rhyme for ME.
b. To draw attention to the poem's meaning.
c. Because it is an allusion to Alice in Wonderland.
d. To change the pace of the poem.

Scroll down for the answer.

a. is completely incorrect. Poets are very resourceful and can find a rhyme for almost any word.
b. is correct. The poem is about not being afraid to try new things.
c. is incorrect. While it is an allusion, the change in rhyme has nothing to do with it.
d. is incorrect. While changing the rhyme scheme may change the pace in some poems, it does not in this one.

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