Opposites, More Opposites, and A Few Differences by Richard Wilbur

Opposites, More Opposites, and A Few Differences by Richard Wilbur

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This book is a wonderful series of short, limerick poems about life and all its oddities. While it focused on opposites and differences, the things the author chose to focus on were delightfully random. The author reminds me of Shel Silverstein in the way he looks at the world. A great example of this is: “What’s the opposite of string? It’s gnitrs, which doesn’t mean a thing” (Wilbur, 2000). The author takes a seemingly ordinary word and turns it upside down and inside out to make an opposite out of it. It is so fun to read and it is never what the reader expects it to be.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone, not just children. This book really took me back to my poetry roots of Shel Silverstein in its quirkiness and dedication to being odd. Though the poems were short, they very clearly got the message across: remember to always look at life from every angle, not just the obvious ones. In some of the opposite poems, I thought I could guess where the author was going, but I was always wrong. The author always took a detour I wasn’t expecting, and I loved it. The book as a whole made me feel like a child again, and I hope everyone reads it at some point.

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