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(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

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Jabberwocky

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
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  • No Name (4/17/2010 8:18:00 AM)

    I agree this is some gay gibberish.

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  • Kevin Straw (4/17/2010 5:57:00 AM)

    Carroll uses suggestion in this poem to bring the reader into an abnormal state of consciousness.
    He creates a dream world which strange things can inhabit by using strange, but often half understood, words - the Jabberwocky gains credence by the way the reader is slipped into a different mode of consciousness from the first line.
    The language is like that used by someone under the influence of a drug - or by children!
    The word 'brillig' has a meaning which is known (by its being like 'brilliant') and unknown at the same time.
    Whether he is entirely successful I do not know, for if he knows what 'brillig' means, he does not communicate that meaning to his reader.
    Films such as Walt Disney makes, I feel, are better at doing what Carroll is doing here.

  • Ramesh T A (4/17/2010 12:52:00 AM)

    A poem children would admire with wonder more than mature audience! He is children's best bet!

  • Chloe Francis (3/17/2010 4:02:00 PM)

    My greatest inspiration! ! ! His nonsense words, his strange creatures...you could truly get lost in Wonderland! ! !

  • Chloe Clooless (8/15/2009 3:09:00 PM)

    I love it! when i was in 3rd grade, my teacher read that poem to me.Now, he(and Lewis Carroll) have inspired me to write poems(and books) .Thank you!

  • Deborah Schuff (4/20/2009 8:35:00 PM)

    A wonderfully silly poem, a must to read out loud! Lewis Carroll had a wonderful way with words, whether real or imaginary.

  • Milica Franchi De Luri (4/17/2009 10:12:00 PM)

    I didn't understand a word from the first four verses. Is that English or gibberish?

  • Anthony Foster (4/17/2009 3:42:00 PM)

    It reads as if a young child was speaking the words. A very enjoyable read written by a brilliant poet.

  • Joseph Poewhit (4/17/2009 3:01:00 PM)

    Just had some imagination, to put the killing of a bird into surrealistic tone for his era of writing. A standout of imagination. As seen in Alice in Wonderland. Fantasy in his era, was real, real far left, for Church orientated societies. A rare bird was Lewis Carroll.

  • Ian Fraser (2/26/2009 8:13:00 AM)

    Lewis Carroll aka Rev Charles Lutwidge Dodgson easily makes it into my top 50. One of the great mavericks and eccentrics of English literature he cunningly encoded some wicked satire on Victorian manners and morals in the guise of literature for children. Great efforts have been made to decipher his work but it has for the most part resisted. Particular attention has been paid to the Jabberwocky in this poem, but no definitive identity has ever been obtained, though it is almost certainly one of Rev. Dodgson's clerical superiors.
    Carroll was also a brilliant parodist. 'You are Old Father William', included in poemhunter.com is for example the definitive parody of William Wordsworth, whose work was very popular with the Victorians. To my mind Jabberwocky also has the air of a parody, though it is hard to say exactly of what. Perhaps he was just making fun of those (many) writers who strain for effect by using abstruse 'poetic' language.

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