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Shel Silverstein\'s poem is a great and simple artwork that describes everyday life. \"Messy Room\" is easy to understand and doesn\'t make you read in between the lines to figure out its meaning. In the first line, \"Whosever room this is should be ashamed!\" Silverstein makes reading fun and exciting. An example of this would be in line two, \"His underwear is handing on a lamp.\" This procession gives the reader a massive visual. Another comical instance would be, \"A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed.\" Along with the line, \"And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall, \"Shel delivers a laughable and great

vision. Although, I thought I wanted to change my poem because I felt this poem is too straightforward. I found that this poem does have a hidden meaning. It is a metaphor that pertains to everyday life. The author portrays that everything in our lives is so complex and filled with daily activities

and responsibilitess that is slips our mind to be tidy. The author describes this perfectly in the line, \"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\" are also great examples of the owner\'s complex life. Shel Silverstein projects the idea that we are a socitey that is quick to judge and criticize others. When in reality, we should clean our own house before we single out others. Silverstein goes back to the fact that everybody at sometime or another has a messy room.

\"Whosever room this is should be ashamed!\" The first line is directing the reader to a down graded feeling because of and apparent dirty room. The audience reads the first line and they imaginge their own messy room. \"His underwear is hanging on a lamp,\" is the second line of the poem and a description of the disastrous surroundings. The room must be incredibly messy if there is underwear hanging on the lamp! One can infer this to mean that the owner of the room is hanging on to life by the edge of his pants. Shel suggests that the owner is living on the edge and this may explain the state of his untidiness. \"His rain coat is there in the overstuffed chair.\" Silverstein describes the room in greater detail. A person can imagine the sight of a coat on a huge overstuffed chair. Shel Silverstein gives the reader something to relate to. How many times have you laid a jacket on a chair insted od hanging it up? This line means that the raincoat he wore is some sort of protection from the outside elements. The overstuffed chair is portraying an image of people being lost in a crowd. \"And the chair\'s becoming queit mucky and damp.\" Shel symbolizes the chair is mucky and damp from the wet raincoat lying on the overstuffed chair for a long period of time. Sliverstein leads the reader to believe that the room had been this way for a while. \"His wordbook is wedged on the window.\" The fifth line in the poem gives and illustration of a book propping up a window to let some fresh air in. Shel describes

this to be much needed fresh air. The author creates a site that the reader can relate to. \"His sweater\'s been thrown on the floor.\" At one time or another, I\'m sure the reader has been in a hurry and has had an article of clothing,

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