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Sheldon Allan Silverstein more commonly known as Shel Silverstein was born on September 25 1932 in Chicago Illinois He started writing at the age of 12 although he would have rather been playing ball But he lacked athletic ability and therefore became a writer He started off writing and drawing cartoons for the Sunday newspaper when he was over in Vietnam That triggered his interest in becoming a comical writer as well as writing poetry and drawing cartoons to go along with the poems He is most well known for his poetry in childrens literature although he was also a composer cartoonist lyricist and folksinger He wrote The Giving Tree A Light in the Attic The Missing Piece Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Missing Piece Meets the Big O He sadly died from a heart attack on Monday May 10 1999 at the age of 60 in Key West Florida httpfalconjmuedu After analyzing twenty poems Silversteins style of writing tended to be simple in meter and rhyme but deep in context and theme Since he writes childrens books when he writes about life long lessons he makes them simple and easy to understand For example his book The Giving Tree was about two people one gives and the other takes Ultimately both adults and children embraced the book His goal was to have people no matter what age be able to identify with his writing style and books In How Much How Many there are many examples of meter and rhyme By using the same set-up for every line by asking a question and then answering with the same response after every question it sets up a good pattern of beats in each line He also rhymes every other line so that the answers to the questions rhyme He did this to achieve a more repetitive and memorable meaning of the poem An example of these things is the lines How many slams
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