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Invitation

Literal Comprehension: This poem “Invitation” has been composed by 20th-century American poet Shel Silverstein. The speaker in the poem invites different persons with different natures with them to accompany her. He invites the readers who are imaginative as dreamers or even liars who always tell a lie. Hopers who for something are the prayer of religious deities or persons with magical power are invited to her. He even invites the pretenders who pretend to be superior or greater to others. So whoever the readers are all are invited by the speaker to sit by him to spin Flex Golden Tales. The tales are more colorful and very much imaginative, adventurous and with many more outstanding qualities. He invites the readers for four times to accompany him unfolding Flex-Golden Tales.

Interpretation: The poem “Invitation” might be trying to create a good readership in the young generation. Modern young people are not so much interested in reading and enjoy in the literature. Maybe they haven’t properly been invited to read. Not being interested in reading the children are more pretenders, liars, magic been players and so on. when they have an inner desire for a study they will start to read and will be co-readers to spin colorful Flax-Golden Tales. The speaker’s intention seems to make readers and other people to be more imaginative, creative and have fun in literature.

Critical Thinking: The basic intention of the poem seems to make people more creative and productive making a good habit of study. It has easily drawn the attention of different readers. With the repetitive structural pattern, the poet seems to be able to convince the readers to go with him to spin some beautiful stories and nice pieces of literature. The multiple uses of ‘come’ has focused much on the importance of reading and value of good reader. How can one be more creative and interested in literature if there is no passion for him? The only invitation without interest becomes useless. Still, the poem seems to raise some keen interest in reading.

Assimilation: Before reading this poem I didn’t give keen passion to literature. I had much interest in music, song, and sports I used to think literature doesn’t do any practical thing in our life. When I read this poem, I got a vision that literature, creative works are also the main sources of internal entertainment or happiness, Dreamer, liar, pretender, prayer all could be adjusted in the vast arena of literature. To spin Flex-Golden tales inspired me to enjoy the world of imagination, creativity, and vision, Our life can’t always be charming if we don’t love reading by heart.