Poem of the Day – Shel Silverstein – Where the Sidewalk Ends

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

I chose this poem because I thought this poem was quite strong, its very short and to the point. There is a clear beginning, middle and end, sometimes with other poems this gets lost with the vast amount of paragraphs. Shel Silverstein retains with well, this poem is quite sober in a way, I almost feel its like she has this idea of where she wants to be but she isn’t there yet.

From Paper to the Web

DSC_0156As technology has progressed we have had to adapt. We now have access to millions of online sources. As we have adapted to the use of the World Wide Web, we have witnessed the internet progress from a basic format to being able to create high quality sites, pages and posts. Everything is linked to an online source, to spread the word and increase popularity, not only that but these sites are accessible anywhere. Most forms of literature are now available to download to computers and products such as kindle. This applies to most forms of literature, books, poetry, articles, newspapers and many other formats.

Poetry is popular but it’s not advertised which causes a decline in the exposure of poetry in society. It is obvious that literature will always have a place in society but will continue to decline as technology progresses. What is clear to see through the progression from paper to the internet, is bringing poetry into the modern age by using a mixture of text, video and photos which works to increase interest in poetry. There are a range of sites and most are linked to social media sites, such as facebook, twitter and youtube. For the majority these links show a reasonable online presence but not always a following that would create a long lasting effect.

It is not only the progression to online we are witnessing when it comes to increasing the awareness and popularity of poetry. A rise in performance, spoken word poetry is overtaking written based; this seems to be the latest trend. This modern take on poetry captures the true intensity of a poem; minimal interpretation is need from the view. Whereas when reading a poem it is very easy to read the context, narrative direction and emotion wrong. These performances are posted online in multimedia style posts, video footage of the performance itself and audio which is considered visually pleasing.

For poetry blogs/websites to run successfully there needs to be a variety of content and context to gain and maintain interest from online audiences. These sites are one of the main ways to keep poetry alive as well as making people aware of events and news. These sites much like poetry literature will not disappear as long as there is interest.

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