A Strange Wild Song Poem by Lewis Carroll

A Strange Wild Song

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He thought he saw an Elephant
That practised on a fife:
He looked again, and found it was
A letter from his wife.
'At length I realize,' he said,
'The bitterness of life! '

He thought he saw a Buffalo
Upon the chimney-piece:
He looked again, and found it was
His Sister's Husband's Niece.
'Unless you leave this house,' he said,
'I'll send for the police! '

he thought he saw a Rattlesnake
That questioned him in Greek:
He looked again, and found it was
The Middle of Next Week.
'The one thing I regret,' he said,
'Is that it cannot speak! '

He thought he saw a Banker's Clerk
Descending from the bus:
He looked again, and found it was
A Hippopotamus.
'If this should stay to dine,' he said,
'There won't be much for us! '

He thought he saw a Kangaroo
That worked a Coffee-mill:
He looked again, and found it was
A Vegetable-Pill.
'Were I to swallow this,' he said,
'I should be very ill! '

He thought he saw a Coach-and-Four
That stood beside his bed:
He looked again, and found it was
A Bear without a Head.
'Poor thing,' he said, 'poor silly thing!
It's waiting to be fed! '

He thought he saw an Albatross
That fluttered round the lamp:
He looked again, and found it was
A Penny-Postag e Stamp.
'You'd best be getting home,' he said:
'The nights are very damp! '

He thought he saw a Garden-Door
That opened with a key:
He looked again, and found it was
A Double Rule of Three:
'And all its mystery,' he said,
'Is clear as day to me! '

He thought he saw a Argument
That proved he was the Pope:
He looked again, and found it was
A Bar of Mottled Soap.
'A fact so dread,' he faintly said,
'Extinguishe s all hope! '

Monday, January 13, 2003
Topic(s) of this poem: song
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Pranab K Chakraborty 28 May 2012

Smart and impressive. We have witnessed this animalistic transformation of human figure in the work of Chaplin. Nice way to generalize the man-named animal with other animals. Perhaps we have forgotten, Man is the two footed animal who bear the same characteristics of animals howling, growling, biting and basic intincts to provoke where and when get oppertunities. I feel not bore to read this time. Nice.

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Lloyd Hargrove 13 December 2009

There seems to be a couple verses missing: He thought he saw an Albatross That fluttered round the Lamp; He looked again, and found it was A Penny Postage-Stamp 'You'd best be getting home, ' he said: 'The nights are very damp! ' He thought he saw a Garden Door That opened with a key; He looked again, and found it was A Double-Rule-of-Three. 'And all its mystery, ' he said, 'Is clear as day to me! ' Well, at least to him, anyway. Sigh.

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Ramesh Adwant 27 May 2010

Another poem by Lewis Carroll which I taught my students is 'Father William'. It also reads like this one but it is a parody. A caterpillar smoking a hookah asks Alice to recite the poem. The children's book, Alice's adventures in wonderland' has many such funny poems.

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Meshack Bankole 27 May 2013

Mind attracting! Full of simplicity and common sense

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Ramesh T A 27 May 2010

This funny poetic piece reminds me of Indian tale telling about blind persons trying to understand elephant by touching each and every portion of elephant body!

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Bharati Nayak 12 November 2021

A poem with wit and fun.It is interesting how the poet ascribes different characters to different animal figures!

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Chinedu Dike 05 November 2021

Nicely brought forth with a tinge of humour, an insightful piece of poetry......

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 05 November 2021

A wonderful poem imbued with humour and wit. Very entertaining and compelling imagery.

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Lily 13 June 2021

i LOVE this poem!

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