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->''Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,\\
Listen to the DON'TS,\\
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS,\\
The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON'TS;\\
Listen to the NEVER HAVES,\\
Then listen close to me -- \\
Anything can happen, child,\\
ANYTHING can be.''


Shel Silverstein is best known as an author of offbeat children's poetry. He also wrote picture books and song lyrics (most famously "[[Music/JohnnyCash A Boy Named Sue]]"). Fans of his mainstream work may be rather [[BleachedUnderpants stunned to hear]] that many of his songs are ''very'' adult in tone, and that he personally was a real-life ChickMagnet who lived for several years in the actual [[{{Playboy}} Playboy Mansion]].

His books include:
* ''A Light in the Attic'' (poetry collection)
* ''Where the Sidewalk Ends'' (poetry collection)
* ''Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back'' (children's novel)
* ''Literature/TheGivingTree'' (picture book)
* ''Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book'' (alphabet book consisting of BlatantLies and intentionally terrible advice)
* ''Wordless Dances'' (collection of adult-themed cartoons)
* ''Falling Up'' (poetry collection)
* ''[[{{Spoonerism}} Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook]]'' (poetry collection, published [[AuthorExistenceFailure posthumously]])
* ''Every Thing On It'' (poetry collection, also posthumous, probably the last one)

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!Tropes appearing in his work:

* AbusiveParents:
** In the poem "Every Lunchtime," the kid's mother packs a venomous snake in his lunch every day.
** In the poem "Quality Time," a father takes his son golfing... and uses him as a tee.
* AffectionateParody: The song "Sylvia's Mother" is an AffectionateParody of heartbroken teen love songs. Inevitably, a lot of people who heard the Dr. Hook version somehow missed the joke.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The poem "My Robot."
* AllGirlsLikePonies: The poem "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony." Let's just say it doesn't end well.
* AnAesop: Quite often, though sometimes sliding into FamilyUnfriendlyAesop. For example, in "The Great Smoke Off":
--> ''And underneath his fingers\\
There's a little golden scroll\\
That says, "Beware of being the roller\\
When there's nothing left to roll."''
** And another, from "Perfect High":
--->''"Well, that is that," says [[HermitGuru Baba Fats]], sitting back down on his stone,\\
Facing another thousand years of talking to God alone.\\
"It seems, Lord," says Fats, "it's always the same, old men or bright-eyed youth,\\
It's always easier to sell them some shit than it is to give them the truth."''
* ApocalypseHow: Justified in "Hungry Mungry," when Mungry starts out by eating his parents, and then proceeds to go all the way up to Class X-4 by eating up the United States, the world, the universe, and finally himself!
* ApocalypticLog: The poem "Boa Constrictor."
* AuthorExistenceFailure: ''Runny Babbit''
* {{Autocannibalism}}: "Hungry Mungry" ends with Hungry Mungry eating himself, after having already eaten the rest of the universe.
* BaldOfAwesome
* BatmanGambit: In "A Boy Named Sue," [[spoiler: the reason the father named him that is because he knew he wouldn't always be there for his son, so he named him Sue so he would grow up hardened and strong from being bullied and picked on.]]
* BestServedCold: The song "A Boy Named Sue."
* BoundAndGagged: The poem "Kidnapped," complete with illustration of excessively tied and chained girl.
* CompanionCube: The poem "Snowball," in which the narrator makes himself a pet snowball. [[spoiler:It melts.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: ''Where the Sidewalk Ends'' has a cover drawing with two children peering over the edge of the earth -- however, this is not "Where the Sidewalk Ends" -- this illustration is from a different poem in the book called "Edge of the World." The actual poem about "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is about the grassy spot between the sidewalk and the street, and has no illustration in the book.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The poem "Complainin' Jack."
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: "A Boy Named Sue."
* DancingPants: The TropeNamer is a poem in ''Where The Sidewalk Ends''.
* DeathByGluttony: "Pie Problem"
* DeathByIrony:
** The poem "Fear (Barnabas Browning)," where the titular character is so afraid of drowning that he refuses to leave his room. He dies by [[spoiler: literally crying an ocean and drowning in his own tears]].
** The poem "Ladies First," in which Pamela Purse is always using the title excuse for her selfishness. When the group gets caught by cannibals and are about to be eaten by the king, she still goes, "Ladies first!"
* DualMeaningChorus: The song "I Got Stoned And I Missed It."
* [[{{Duck}} Duck!]]: The poem "Web-Foot Woe."
* EmbarrassingFirstName: "A Boy Named Sue."
* EatsBabies: "Someone Ate The Baby." [[spoiler: [[UnreliableNarrator It was the narrator.]]]]
* EmptySwimmingPoolDive: The punchline of "The Dive."
* FlatWorld: The poem "The Edge of the World." The illustration for this poem is also on the cover to the collection ''Where the Sidewalk Ends.''
* GagPenis: The song "Stacy Brown's Got Two."
* AGoodNameForARockBand: It is one; there's a band called Silverstein.
* HairWings: He has a poem about a boy with ridiculously long hair who was mercilessly teased about it until his weeping caused it to flap like wings, carrying him into the air.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: The poem "Headphone Harold."
* HurricaneOfExcuses: The poem "Sick."
* IWillWaitForYou: The song "In the Hills of Shiloh."
* KillerRabbit: "Sybil The Magician's Last Show." The eponymous magician can't be bothered to buy food for her rabbit, so [[spoiler:when she goes to pull him out of her hat one night, ''he pulls her into the hat and eats her.'']]
* LongList: The poem "No."
* MermaidProblem: The song "The Mermaid."
* MultipleHeadCase: The poem "Us."
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: A number of his poems deal with states of undress, as well as the fact that some illustrations in his works feature images of characters being naked for apparently no reason.
* NeatFreak: The poem "Clean Gene."
* NoEnding: A number of his poems end with the story unresolved, such as "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout." This trope was the whole ''point'' of his poem "Suspense," where a DamselInDistress is ChainedToARailway by one villain, while TheHero is being held prisoner by another. And then a fifth character shows up, and it's unclear whether he's a hero or villain...
-->''And a crash and a cry,\\
And I'm sorry but I\\
Have forgotten the rest of the story.''
* NotAMask: The poem "Best Mask?" is a rare example where the maskless person is the narrator.
* NowILayMeDownToSleep: Parodied in "Prayer of the Selfish Child."
-->''Now I lay me down to sleep;\\
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.\\
If I should die before I wake,\\
I pray the Lord my toys to break,\\
So none of the other kids can use 'em...\\
Amen.''
* PhonyPsychic: In the poem "Crystal Ball," the psychic accurately predicts everything her customer ate for lunch, then admits that she only figured it out by [[spoiler:looking at her dress.]]
* ThePigPen: The poem "The Dirtiest Man In The World."
* PlaygroundSong: "Boa Constrictor" has turned into one.
* PlayingSick: "Sick."
* PosthumousNarration: The poem "True Story," played for laughs.
* PrayerOfMalice: "Prayer of the Selfish Child."
* {{Pun}}: In the poem "The Monkey," several words are replaced with numbers. Many replacements are painfully forced.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: "Boa Constrictor."
* RockstarSong: "The Cover of the Rolling Stone," as performed most famously by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, is a parody of this trope; the narrators complain that, despite living the rockstar lifestyle and making money hand over fist, they're ''not famous enough yet''.
* SanitySlippage: The song "A Front Row Seat to Hear Ole Johnny Sing," where he goes to increasingly absurd lengths to get JohnnyCash tickets... and his delivery gets increasingly less sane throughout the song, to the point that he's practically screaming at the end.
* ScareEmStraight: "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony" ends with Abigail dead since she didn't get the beautiful pony. A note at the end suggests children should read it to their parents if they refuse to buy something for them.
* SingleStanzaSong: The song "26 Second Song."
* {{Spoonerism}}: The entire point of ''Runny Babbit.''
* TemptingFate: In the poem "Cookwitch Sandwich," the kid tells the witch cook to make him a sandwich. [[ExactWords Insert predictable punchline here.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Peanut butter sandwiches for the king in "Peanut Butter Sandwich," almost to the [[GRatedDrug point of addiction.]]
* TrashOfTheTitans: The poem "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout (Would Not Take The Garbage Out)."
* TurtleIsland: "Hungry Kid Island."
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Played for laughs in the poem "Big Eating Contest."
-->''The entrance fee cost me\\
Two dollars, and then\\
It cost twenty more\\
For those burgers and fries.\\
My hospital bill\\
Was a hundred and ten.\\
But I '''won'''...\\
The '''five-dollar''' first prize!''
* WhenIWasYourAge: Amply demonstrated in the poem "When I Was Your Age."
* WhosOnFirst: The poem "The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt."
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to:

->''Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,\\
Listen to the DON'TS,\\
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS,\\
The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON'TS;\\
Listen to the NEVER HAVES,\\
Then listen close to me -- \\
Anything can happen, child,\\
ANYTHING can be.''


Shel Silverstein is best known as an author of offbeat children's poetry. He also wrote picture books and song lyrics (most famously "[[Music/JohnnyCash A Boy Named Sue]]"). Fans of his mainstream work may be rather [[BleachedUnderpants stunned to hear]] that many of his songs are ''very'' adult in tone, and that he personally was a real-life ChickMagnet who lived for several years in the actual [[{{Playboy}} Playboy Mansion]].

His books include:
* ''A Light in the Attic'' (poetry collection)
* ''Where the Sidewalk Ends'' (poetry collection)
* ''Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back'' (children's novel)
* ''Literature/TheGivingTree'' (picture book)
* ''Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book'' (alphabet book consisting of BlatantLies and intentionally terrible advice)
* ''Wordless Dances'' (collection of adult-themed cartoons)
* ''Falling Up'' (poetry collection)
* ''[[{{Spoonerism}} Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook]]'' (poetry collection, published [[AuthorExistenceFailure posthumously]])
* ''Every Thing On It'' (poetry collection, also posthumous, probably the last one)

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!Tropes appearing in his work:

* AbusiveParents:
** In the poem "Every Lunchtime," the kid's mother packs a venomous snake in his lunch every day.
** In the poem "Quality Time," a father takes his son golfing... and uses him as a tee.
* AffectionateParody: The song "Sylvia's Mother" is an AffectionateParody of heartbroken teen love songs. Inevitably, a lot of people who heard the Dr. Hook version somehow missed the joke.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The poem "My Robot."
* AllGirlsLikePonies: The poem "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony." Let's just say it doesn't end well.
* AnAesop: Quite often, though sometimes sliding into FamilyUnfriendlyAesop. For example, in "The Great Smoke Off":
--> ''And underneath his fingers\\
There's a little golden scroll\\
That says, "Beware of being the roller\\
When there's nothing left to roll."''
** And another, from "Perfect High":
--->''"Well, that is that," says [[HermitGuru Baba Fats]], sitting back down on his stone,\\
Facing another thousand years of talking to God alone.\\
"It seems, Lord," says Fats, "it's always the same, old men or bright-eyed youth,\\
It's always easier to sell them some shit than it is to give them the truth."''
* ApocalypseHow: Justified in "Hungry Mungry," when Mungry starts out by eating his parents, and then proceeds to go all the way up to Class X-4 by eating up the United States, the world, the universe, and finally himself!
* ApocalypticLog: The poem "Boa Constrictor."
* AuthorExistenceFailure: ''Runny Babbit''
* {{Autocannibalism}}: "Hungry Mungry" ends with Hungry Mungry eating himself, after having already eaten the rest of the universe.
* BaldOfAwesome
* BatmanGambit: In "A Boy Named Sue," [[spoiler: the reason the father named him that is because he knew he wouldn't always be there for his son, so he named him Sue so he would grow up hardened and strong from being bullied and picked on.]]
* BestServedCold: The song "A Boy Named Sue."
* BoundAndGagged: The poem "Kidnapped," complete with illustration of excessively tied and chained girl.
* CompanionCube: The poem "Snowball," in which the narrator makes himself a pet snowball. [[spoiler:It melts.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: ''Where the Sidewalk Ends'' has a cover drawing with two children peering over the edge of the earth -- however, this is not "Where the Sidewalk Ends" -- this illustration is from a different poem in the book called "Edge of the World." The actual poem about "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is about the grassy spot between the sidewalk and the street, and has no illustration in the book.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The poem "Complainin' Jack."
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: "A Boy Named Sue."
* DancingPants: The TropeNamer is a poem in ''Where The Sidewalk Ends''.
* DeathByGluttony: "Pie Problem"
* DeathByIrony:
** The poem "Fear (Barnabas Browning)," where the titular character is so afraid of drowning that he refuses to leave his room. He dies by [[spoiler: literally crying an ocean and drowning in his own tears]].
** The poem "Ladies First," in which Pamela Purse is always using the title excuse for her selfishness. When the group gets caught by cannibals and are about to be eaten by the king, she still goes, "Ladies first!"
* DualMeaningChorus: The song "I Got Stoned And I Missed It."
* [[{{Duck}} Duck!]]: The poem "Web-Foot Woe."
* EmbarrassingFirstName: "A Boy Named Sue."
* EatsBabies: "Someone Ate The Baby." [[spoiler: [[UnreliableNarrator It was the narrator.]]]]
* EmptySwimmingPoolDive: The punchline of "The Dive."
* FlatWorld: The poem "The Edge of the World." The illustration for this poem is also on the cover to the collection ''Where the Sidewalk Ends.''
* GagPenis: The song "Stacy Brown's Got Two."
* AGoodNameForARockBand: It is one; there's a band called Silverstein.
* HairWings: He has a poem about a boy with ridiculously long hair who was mercilessly teased about it until his weeping caused it to flap like wings, carrying him into the air.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: The poem "Headphone Harold."
* HurricaneOfExcuses: The poem "Sick."
* IWillWaitForYou: The song "In the Hills of Shiloh."
* KillerRabbit: "Sybil The Magician's Last Show." The eponymous magician can't be bothered to buy food for her rabbit, so [[spoiler:when she goes to pull him out of her hat one night, ''he pulls her into the hat and eats her.'']]
* LongList: The poem "No."
* MermaidProblem: The song "The Mermaid."
* MultipleHeadCase: The poem "Us."
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: A number of his poems deal with states of undress, as well as the fact that some illustrations in his works feature images of characters being naked for apparently no reason.
* NeatFreak: The poem "Clean Gene."
* NoEnding: A number of his poems end with the story unresolved, such as "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout." This trope was the whole ''point'' of his poem "Suspense," where a DamselInDistress is ChainedToARailway by one villain, while TheHero is being held prisoner by another. And then a fifth character shows up, and it's unclear whether he's a hero or villain...
-->''And a crash and a cry,\\
And I'm sorry but I\\
Have forgotten the rest of the story.''
* NotAMask: The poem "Best Mask?" is a rare example where the maskless person is the narrator.
* NowILayMeDownToSleep: Parodied in "Prayer of the Selfish Child."
-->''Now I lay me down to sleep;\\
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.\\
If I should die before I wake,\\
I pray the Lord my toys to break,\\
So none of the other kids can use 'em...\\
Amen.''
* PhonyPsychic: In the poem "Crystal Ball," the psychic accurately predicts everything her customer ate for lunch, then admits that she only figured it out by [[spoiler:looking at her dress.]]
* ThePigPen: The poem "The Dirtiest Man In The World."
* PlaygroundSong: "Boa Constrictor" has turned into one.
* PlayingSick: "Sick."
* PosthumousNarration: The poem "True Story," played for laughs.
* PrayerOfMalice: "Prayer of the Selfish Child."
* {{Pun}}: In the poem "The Monkey," several words are replaced with numbers. Many replacements are painfully forced.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: "Boa Constrictor."
* RockstarSong: "The Cover of the Rolling Stone," as performed most famously by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, is a parody of this trope; the narrators complain that, despite living the rockstar lifestyle and making money hand over fist, they're ''not famous enough yet''.
* SanitySlippage: The song "A Front Row Seat to Hear Ole Johnny Sing," where he goes to increasingly absurd lengths to get JohnnyCash tickets... and his delivery gets increasingly less sane throughout the song, to the point that he's practically screaming at the end.
* ScareEmStraight: "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony" ends with Abigail dead since she didn't get the beautiful pony. A note at the end suggests children should read it to their parents if they refuse to buy something for them.
* SingleStanzaSong: The song "26 Second Song."
* {{Spoonerism}}: The entire point of ''Runny Babbit.''
* TemptingFate: In the poem "Cookwitch Sandwich," the kid tells the witch cook to make him a sandwich. [[ExactWords Insert predictable punchline here.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Peanut butter sandwiches for the king in "Peanut Butter Sandwich," almost to the [[GRatedDrug point of addiction.]]
* TrashOfTheTitans: The poem "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout (Would Not Take The Garbage Out)."
* TurtleIsland: "Hungry Kid Island."
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Played for laughs in the poem "Big Eating Contest."
-->''The entrance fee cost me\\
Two dollars, and then\\
It cost twenty more\\
For those burgers and fries.\\
My hospital bill\\
Was a hundred and ten.\\
But I '''won'''...\\
The '''five-dollar''' first prize!''
* WhenIWasYourAge: Amply demonstrated in the poem "When I Was Your Age."
* WhosOnFirst: The poem "The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt."
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5th Jan '13 1:10:54 PM SeptimusHeap
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* DeadBabyComedy: See EatsBabies below.
4th Dec '12 6:45:55 AM babymoondancer
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Added DiffLines:

-->''The entrance fee cost me\\
Two dollars, and then\\
It cost twenty more\\
For those burgers and fries.\\
My hospital bill\\
Was a hundred and ten.\\
But I '''won'''...\\
The '''five-dollar''' first prize!''
29th Nov '12 8:13:23 PM TropeEater
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Shel Silverstein is best known as an author of offbeat children's poetry. He also wrote picture books and song lyrics (most famously "[[Music/JohnnyCash A Boy Named Sue]]"). Fans of his mainstream work may be rather [[HeAlsoDid stunned to hear]] that many of his songs are ''very'' adult in tone, and that he personally was a real-life ChickMagnet who lived for several years in the actual [[{{Playboy}} Playboy Mansion]].

to:

Shel Silverstein is best known as an author of offbeat children's poetry. He also wrote picture books and song lyrics (most famously "[[Music/JohnnyCash A Boy Named Sue]]"). Fans of his mainstream work may be rather [[HeAlsoDid [[BleachedUnderpants stunned to hear]] that many of his songs are ''very'' adult in tone, and that he personally was a real-life ChickMagnet who lived for several years in the actual [[{{Playboy}} Playboy Mansion]].
1st Sep '12 9:59:42 AM ArcadesSabboth
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** In the poem "Quality Time", a father takes his son golfing... and uses him as a tee.

to:

** In the poem "Quality Time", Time," a father takes his son golfing... and uses him as a tee.



* AllGirlsLikePonies: The poem "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony". Let's just say it doesn't end well.

to:

* AllGirlsLikePonies: The poem "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony". Pony." Let's just say it doesn't end well.



"It seems, Lord", says Fats, "it's always the same, old men or bright-eyed youth,\\

to:

"It seems, Lord", Lord," says Fats, "it's always the same, old men or bright-eyed youth,\\



* ApocalypseHow: Justified in "Hungry Mungry", when Mungry starts out by eating his parents, and then proceeds to go all the way up to Class X-4 by eating up the United States, the world, the universe, and finally himself!
* ApocalypticLog: The poem "Boa Constrictor".

to:

* ApocalypseHow: Justified in "Hungry Mungry", Mungry," when Mungry starts out by eating his parents, and then proceeds to go all the way up to Class X-4 by eating up the United States, the world, the universe, and finally himself!
* ApocalypticLog: The poem "Boa Constrictor".Constrictor."



* BestServedCold: The song "A Boy Named Sue".
* BoundAndGagged: The poem "Kidnapped", complete with illustration of excessively tied and chained girl.

to:

* BestServedCold: The song "A Boy Named Sue".
Sue."
* BoundAndGagged: The poem "Kidnapped", "Kidnapped," complete with illustration of excessively tied and chained girl.



* CoversAlwaysLie: ''Where the Sidewalk Ends'' has a cover drawing with two children peering over the edge of the earth - however, this is not "Where the Sidewalk Ends" - this illustration is from a different poem in the book called "Edge of the World". The actual poem about "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is about the grassy spot between the sidewalk and the street, and has no illustration in the book.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The poem "Complainin' Jack".
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: "A Boy Named Sue".

to:

* CoversAlwaysLie: ''Where the Sidewalk Ends'' has a cover drawing with two children peering over the edge of the earth - -- however, this is not "Where the Sidewalk Ends" - -- this illustration is from a different poem in the book called "Edge of the World". World." The actual poem about "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is about the grassy spot between the sidewalk and the street, and has no illustration in the book.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The poem "Complainin' Jack".
Jack."
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: "A Boy Named Sue".Sue."



** The poem "Fear (Barnabas Browning)", where the titular character is so afraid of drowning that he refuses to leave his room. He dies by [[spoiler: literally crying an ocean and drowning in his own tears]].
** The poem "Ladies First", in which Pamela Purse is always using the title excuse for her selfishness. When the group gets caught by cannibals and are about to be eaten by the king, she still goes, "Ladies first!"
* DualMeaningChorus: The song "I Got Stoned And I Missed It".
* [[{{Duck}} Duck!]]: The poem "Web-Foot Woe".
* EmbarrassingFirstName: "A Boy Named Sue".
* EatsBabies: "Someone Ate The Baby". [[spoiler: [[UnreliableNarrator It was the narrator.]]]]
* EmptySwimmingPoolDive: The punchline of "The Dive".

to:

** The poem "Fear (Barnabas Browning)", Browning)," where the titular character is so afraid of drowning that he refuses to leave his room. He dies by [[spoiler: literally crying an ocean and drowning in his own tears]].
** The poem "Ladies First", First," in which Pamela Purse is always using the title excuse for her selfishness. When the group gets caught by cannibals and are about to be eaten by the king, she still goes, "Ladies first!"
* DualMeaningChorus: The song "I Got Stoned And I Missed It".
It."
* [[{{Duck}} Duck!]]: The poem "Web-Foot Woe".
Woe."
* EmbarrassingFirstName: "A Boy Named Sue".
Sue."
* EatsBabies: "Someone Ate The Baby". Baby." [[spoiler: [[UnreliableNarrator It was the narrator.]]]]
* EmptySwimmingPoolDive: The punchline of "The Dive".Dive."



* GagPenis: The song "Stacy Brown's Got Two".

to:

* GagPenis: The song "Stacy Brown's Got Two".Two."



* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: The poem "Headphone Harold".
* HurricaneOfExcuses: The poem "Sick".
* IWillWaitForYou: The song "In the Hills of Shiloh".
* KillerRabbit: "Sybil The Magician's Last Show". The eponymous magician can't be bothered to buy food for her rabbit, so [[spoiler:when she goes to pull him out of her hat one night, ''he pulls her into the hat and eats her.'']]
* LongList: The poem "No".
* MermaidProblem: The song "The Mermaid".
* MultipleHeadCase: The poem "Us".

to:

* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: The poem "Headphone Harold".
Harold."
* HurricaneOfExcuses: The poem "Sick".
"Sick."
* IWillWaitForYou: The song "In the Hills of Shiloh".
Shiloh."
* KillerRabbit: "Sybil The Magician's Last Show". Show." The eponymous magician can't be bothered to buy food for her rabbit, so [[spoiler:when she goes to pull him out of her hat one night, ''he pulls her into the hat and eats her.'']]
* LongList: The poem "No".
"No."
* MermaidProblem: The song "The Mermaid".
Mermaid."
* MultipleHeadCase: The poem "Us"."Us."



* NeatFreak: The poem "Clean Gene".
* NoEnding: A number of his poems end with the story unresolved, such as "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout". This trope was the whole ''point'' of his poem "Suspense", where a DamselInDistress is ChainedToARailway by one villain, while TheHero is being held prisoner by another. And then a fifth character shows up, and it's unclear whether he's a hero or villain...

to:

* NeatFreak: The poem "Clean Gene".
Gene."
* NoEnding: A number of his poems end with the story unresolved, such as "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout". Stout." This trope was the whole ''point'' of his poem "Suspense", "Suspense," where a DamselInDistress is ChainedToARailway by one villain, while TheHero is being held prisoner by another. And then a fifth character shows up, and it's unclear whether he's a hero or villain...



* NowILayMeDownToSleep: Parodied in "Prayer of the Selfish Child".

to:

* NowILayMeDownToSleep: Parodied in "Prayer of the Selfish Child".Child."



* PhonyPsychic: In the poem "Crystal Ball", the psychic accurately predicts everything her customer ate for lunch, then admits that she only figured it out by [[spoiler:looking at her dress.]]
* ThePigPen: The poem "The Dirtiest Man In The World".

to:

* PhonyPsychic: In the poem "Crystal Ball", Ball," the psychic accurately predicts everything her customer ate for lunch, then admits that she only figured it out by [[spoiler:looking at her dress.]]
* ThePigPen: The poem "The Dirtiest Man In The World".World."



* PlayingSick: "Sick".
* PosthumousNarration: The poem "True Story", played for laughs.
* PrayerOfMalice: "Prayer of the Selfish Child".

to:

* PlayingSick: "Sick".
"Sick."
* PosthumousNarration: The poem "True Story", Story," played for laughs.
* PrayerOfMalice: "Prayer of the Selfish Child".Child."



* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: "Boa Constrictor".
* RockstarSong: "The Cover of the Rolling Stone", as performed most famously by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, is a parody of this trope; the narrators complain that, despite living the rockstar lifestyle and making money hand over fist, they're ''not famous enough yet''.
* SanitySlippage: The song "A Front Row Seat to Hear Ole Johnny Sing", where he goes to increasingly absurd lengths to get JohnnyCash tickets... and his delivery gets increasingly less sane throughout the song, to the point that he's practically screaming at the end.

to:

* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: "Boa Constrictor".
Constrictor."
* RockstarSong: "The Cover of the Rolling Stone", Stone," as performed most famously by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, is a parody of this trope; the narrators complain that, despite living the rockstar lifestyle and making money hand over fist, they're ''not famous enough yet''.
* SanitySlippage: The song "A Front Row Seat to Hear Ole Johnny Sing", Sing," where he goes to increasingly absurd lengths to get JohnnyCash tickets... and his delivery gets increasingly less sane throughout the song, to the point that he's practically screaming at the end.



* SingleStanzaSong: The song "26 Second Song".
* {{Spoonerism}}: The entire point of ''Runny Babbit''.

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* SingleStanzaSong: The song "26 Second Song".
Song."
* {{Spoonerism}}: The entire point of ''Runny Babbit''.Babbit.''



* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Peanut butter sandwiches for the king in "Peanut Butter Sandwich", almost to the [[GRatedDrug point of addiction.]]
* TrashOfTheTitans: The poem "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout (Would Not Take The Garbage Out)".
* TurtleIsland: "Hungry Kid Island".
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Played for laughs in the poem "Big Eating Contest".
* WhenIWasYourAge: Amply demonstrated in the poem "When I Was Your Age".
* WhosOnFirst: The poem "The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt".

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Peanut butter sandwiches for the king in "Peanut Butter Sandwich", Sandwich," almost to the [[GRatedDrug point of addiction.]]
* TrashOfTheTitans: The poem "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout (Would Not Take The Garbage Out)".
Out)."
* TurtleIsland: "Hungry Kid Island".
Island."
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Played for laughs in the poem "Big Eating Contest".
Contest."
* WhenIWasYourAge: Amply demonstrated in the poem "When I Was Your Age".
Age."
* WhosOnFirst: The poem "The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt".Exactlywatt."
31st Aug '12 2:49:01 PM Nocturna
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* {{Pun}}: In the poem "The Monkey," several words are replaced with numbers. Many replacements are painfully forced.



* AWorldwidePunomenon: In the poem "The Monkey," several words are replaced with numbers. Many replacements are painfully forced.
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<<|{{Poetry}}|>>
<<|{{Authors}}|>>

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* AWorldwidePunomenon: In the poem "The Monkey," several words are replaced with numbers. Many replacements are painfully forced.
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<<|{{Poetry}}|>>
<<|{{Authors}}|>>
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16th Jun '12 7:26:36 PM JakesBrain
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->''Listen to the MUSN'TS, child'' \\
''Listen to the DON'TS''\\
''Listen to the SHOULDN'TS''\\
''The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON'TS''\\
''Listen to the NEVER HAVES''\\
''Then listen close to me-''\\
''Anything can happen, child''\\
''ANYTHING can be.''\\


Shel Silverstein is best known as an author of offbeat children's poetry. He also wrote picture books and song lyrics (most famously "[[Music/JohnnyCash A Boy Named Sue]]"). Fans of his mainstream work may be rather [[HeAlsoDid stunned to hear]] that many of his songs are ''very'' adult in tone, and that he personally was a real-life ChickMagnet who lived in the actual [[{{Playboy}} Playboy Mansion]].

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->''Listen to the MUSN'TS, child'' \\
''Listen
MUSTN'TS, child,\\
Listen
to the DON'TS''\\
''Listen
DON'TS,\\
Listen
to the SHOULDN'TS''\\
''The
SHOULDN'TS,\\
The
IMPOSSIBLES, the WON'TS''\\
''Listen
WON'TS;\\
Listen
to the NEVER HAVES''\\
''Then
HAVES,\\
Then
listen close to me-''\\
''Anything
me -- \\
Anything
can happen, child''\\
''ANYTHING
child,\\
ANYTHING
can be.''\\


''


Shel Silverstein is best known as an author of offbeat children's poetry. He also wrote picture books and song lyrics (most famously "[[Music/JohnnyCash A Boy Named Sue]]"). Fans of his mainstream work may be rather [[HeAlsoDid stunned to hear]] that many of his songs are ''very'' adult in tone, and that he personally was a real-life ChickMagnet who lived for several years in the actual [[{{Playboy}} Playboy Mansion]].



* ''Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back'' (children's novel)



* ''Uncle Shelby's [=ABZs=]'' (alphabet book consisting of BlatantLies and intentionally terrible advice)

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* ''Uncle Shelby's [=ABZs=]'' ABZ Book'' (alphabet book consisting of BlatantLies and intentionally terrible advice)



* ''[[{{Spoonerism}} Runny Babbit]]'' (poetry collection, published [[AuthorExistenceFailure posthumously]])

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* ''[[{{Spoonerism}} Runny Babbit]]'' Babbit: A Billy Sook]]'' (poetry collection, published [[AuthorExistenceFailure posthumously]])



* AffectionateParody: The song "Sylvia's Mother" is an AffectionateParody of heartbroken teen love songs.

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* AffectionateParody: The song "Sylvia's Mother" is an AffectionateParody of heartbroken teen love songs. Inevitably, a lot of people who heard the Dr. Hook version somehow missed the joke.



--> ''And underneath his fingers \\
There's a little golden scroll \\
That says, "Beware of being the roller \\

to:

--> ''And underneath his fingers \\
fingers\\
There's a little golden scroll \\
scroll\\
That says, "Beware of being the roller \\roller\\



--->''"Well, that is that," says [[HermitGuru Baba Fats]], sitting back down on his stone, \\
Facing another thousand years of talking to God alone. \\
"It seems, Lord", says Fats, "it's always the same, old men or bright-eyed youth, \\

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--->''"Well, that is that," says [[HermitGuru Baba Fats]], sitting back down on his stone, \\
stone,\\
Facing another thousand years of talking to God alone. \\
"It seems, Lord", says Fats, "it's always the same, old men or bright-eyed youth, \\youth,\\



* NoEnding: A number of his poems end with the story unresolved, such as "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout". This trope was the whole ''point'' of his poem "Suspense", where a DamselInDistress is ChainedToARailway by one villain, while TheHero is being held prisoner by another. And then a fifth character shows up, and it's unclear whether he's a hero or villain. "And a crash and a cry, and I'm sorry but I have forgotten the rest of the story" is the final line.

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* NoEnding: A number of his poems end with the story unresolved, such as "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout". This trope was the whole ''point'' of his poem "Suspense", where a DamselInDistress is ChainedToARailway by one villain, while TheHero is being held prisoner by another. And then a fifth character shows up, and it's unclear whether he's a hero or villain. "And villain...
-->''And
a crash and a cry, and cry,\\
And
I'm sorry but I have I\\
Have
forgotten the rest of the story" is the final line.story.''



-->''Now I lay me down to sleep;''
-->''I pray the Lord my soul to keep.''
-->''If I should die before I wake,''
-->''I pray the Lord my toys to break,''
-->''So none of the other kids can use 'em...''
-->''Amen.''

to:

-->''Now I lay me down to sleep;''
-->''I
sleep;\\
I
pray the Lord my soul to keep.''
-->''If
\\
If
I should die before I wake,''
-->''I
wake,\\
I
pray the Lord my toys to break,''
-->''So
break,\\
So
none of the other kids can use 'em...''
-->''Amen.
\\
Amen.
''



* RockstarSong: "The Cover of the Rolling Stone", as performed most famously by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, is a parody of this trope; the narrators complain that, despite living the rockstar lifestyle and making money hand over fist, they're ''not famous enough yet''.



* TemptingFate: In the poem "Cookwitch Sandwich," the kid tells the witch cook to make him a sandwich. Insert predictable punchline here.

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* TemptingFate: In the poem "Cookwitch Sandwich," the kid tells the witch cook to make him a sandwich. [[ExactWords Insert predictable punchline here.]]



* TrashOfTheTitans: The poem "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout".
* TurtleIsland: "Hungry Kid Island"

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* TrashOfTheTitans: The poem "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout".
Stout (Would Not Take The Garbage Out)".
* TurtleIsland: "Hungry Kid Island"Island".
12th May '12 10:53:41 AM CJCroen1393
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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: A number of his poems deal with states of undress, as well as the fact that some illustrations in his works feature illustrations of characters being naked for apparently no reason.

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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: A number of his poems deal with states of undress, as well as the fact that some illustrations in his works feature illustrations images of characters being naked for apparently no reason.
12th May '12 10:52:52 AM CJCroen1393
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Added DiffLines:

* NakedPeopleAreFunny: A number of his poems deal with states of undress, as well as the fact that some illustrations in his works feature illustrations of characters being naked for apparently no reason.
7th May '12 12:25:50 PM Snowsky
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* DeathByIrony: The poem "Fear (Barnabas Browning)", where the titular character is so afraid of drowning that he refuses to leave his room. He dies by [[spoiler: literally crying an ocean and drowning in his own tears]].

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* DeathByIrony: DeathByIrony:
**
The poem "Fear (Barnabas Browning)", where the titular character is so afraid of drowning that he refuses to leave his room. He dies by [[spoiler: literally crying an ocean and drowning in his own tears]].tears]].
** The poem "Ladies First", in which Pamela Purse is always using the title excuse for her selfishness. When the group gets caught by cannibals and are about to be eaten by the king, she still goes, "Ladies first!"
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