Bear In There by Shel Silverstein
There’s a Polar Bear
In our Frigidaire–
He likes it ’cause it’s cold in there.
With his seat in the meat
And his face in the fish
And his big hairy paws
In the buttery dish,
He’s nibbling the noodles,
He’s munching the rice,
He’s slurping the soda,
He’s licking the ice.
And he lets out a roar
If you open the door.
And it gives me a scare
To know he’s in there–
That Polary Bear
In our Fridgitydaire.
Bear In there came to my mind as I was searching for poems which in a way have spoken or are speaking to me at the moment. At first sight the poem Bear in There is a poem about somebodies troubles with a bear who has seemed to take residence in their fridge. He is making a seat of the meat and his face is in the fish and his paws are in the buttery dish.
You begin to think to yourself oh these poor people having a bear doing such things to their fridge but you have to realize this is expressing an occurrence that happens in all households with teenagers living in them. I know from experience because I was one of those bears. To me this poem is written by a frustrated father who is experiencing the difficulties of living with their teenaged son.
In lines 4-11 Silverstein is expressing how rude the bear/teenager is especially while eating. With examples like his big hairy paws in the buttery dish and slurping the soda, Silverstein has successfully shown that this bear/teenager is not the most polite creature to live with. This is often an issue with teenagers, finally being old enough to comprehend how to cook and feed themselves but do yet do not realize they have to show common curtsy to the ones they are surrounded by.
In lines 12-15 Silverstein expresses how if you disturb the bear/teenager they will lash out upon you. This at points can scare a parent as they don’t completely know their child anymore as they are changing from their innocent past. It also scares the parent that this may be what the bear/teenager will be like for the rest of their life.
For Silverstein I believe he was going through a time in life where he had to face this bear/teenager. Most likely he was getting annoyed and frustrated about the actions of the ones living in his house, leading him to write a poem about his troubles.
As I was writing this analysis my mother kept bugging me to clean my room as she believed it was messy and to put away my clothes. So like any teenager I told her I would do it later, she persisted that I do it and I continued to refuse and be a mess. This began to frustrate her until she forced me to, maybe my mom and Silverstein have something in common.