In the poem “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out,” by Shel Silverstein, the poet conveys his message to the audience extremely clearly. Shel Silverstein uses a mask of humor to make his message to the audience more impressive and strong than other poems. Three reasons contributing to making Shel Silverstein’s message clear are the fact that there is a funny part in the poem that people can relate to, that the poem itself is very descriptive to get lots of information from, and that the message is very deep and therefore readers really have to think deeply.
First, Shel Silverstein conveys his reasoning with readers in a funny way that they can enjoy the poem. For example, when Shel Silverstein wrote “The garbage reached across the state, from New York to the Golden Gate”(Silverstein 452), he is saying that because Sara Stout did not take the garbage out sooner, everything piled upon her and reached an outrageous ...view middle of the document...
Next, unlike the other poems, this poem has many more descriptive phrases that make the message clearer and interesting. One line is, “At last the garbage touched so high that finally it touched the sky. And all the neighbors moved away”(Silverstein 452). Instead of using simple phrasing, Shel Silverstein made his message very elaborate and funny. This helps us to imagine how tall the garbage was and helps us take in his message about Sarah’s laziness. Another example is that “Crusts of black burned buttered toast, Gristly bits of beefy roasts”(Silverstein 451). Shel Silverstein helps his audience understand his message by using elaborate message. He is trying to describe the various “tasks” that the toast and roast represent. This helps his audience grasp a better picture of what he is trying to describe. Overall, since Shel Silverstein adds many descriptors, readers can take more information than other poems.
Shel Silverstein conceals his message deeply in the poem, this makes the poet have to think very critically about the poem and it makes the poem much more interesting. For example, “But then it was too late, the garbage reached across the state”(Silverstein 452), meant that if people do not handle things ahead of time, their tasks collapse on them. It is a very a deep message and readers truly have to dig it out of the poem. Next, “And all the neighbors”(Silverstein 452), proves that if readers don’t have enough room to spend with friends, they disappear. The critical thinking that Shel Silverstein makes his audience do is tremendous and keeps them reading his poem. By making his audience think critically to get the message out, it makes the audience want to read more of the poem.
Shel Silverstein uses humor to his advantage so that the audience understands his message strongly and takes it to heart. Shel Silverstein uses humor to help people understand his poem more. The poet uses strong language to let the reader understand his message. Last, the message to his poem is deeper and the audience needs to think critically so they can understand it, preventing boredom. In summary, “ Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out” by Shel Silverstein is a fantastic poem that conveys its meaning the clearest.