Monday, December 05, 2005


Messy Room
by Shel Silverstein

Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
His workbook is wedged in the window,
His sweater's been thrown on the floor.
His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
His books are all jammed in the closet,
His vest has been left in the hall.
A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,
And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
Donald or Robert or Willie or--
Huh? You say it's mine? Oh, dear,
I knew it looked familiar!

This poem is absolutely hilarious. The irony that the author
poses at the end of the poem is a perfect way to end this giant mess that this
room is in. The speaker has this very condescending tone of voice and sounds
almost like a father figure from the beginning. The poem is wild and vivid and
full of images such as the underwear on the lamps and the pants that are
carelessly hung on the door. The poem seems take almost a moral of the story
kind of outlook. Be sure not to judge others because we ourselves may be guilty
of the same crime being committed. In terms of greater themes or tensions in the
poem, I think this poem lacks. But it is a comic relief from the other kinds of
poem that we’ve been reading and writing throughout the quarter.


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