Lewis Carroll

(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

Jabberwocky - Poem by Lewis Carroll

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

'Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!'

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood a while in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One two! One two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

'And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Comments about Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

  • (11/14/2017 1:58:00 PM)


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  • (11/14/2017 1:41:00 PM)

    I love this poem! ! It is quite funny (Report) Reply

  • (11/14/2017 1:39:00 PM)

    I like The words and how you can pronounce it and anyway that you like. (Report) Reply

  • (11/13/2017 5:08:00 PM)

    what are some traits for the jabberwocky (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/1/2017 3:13:00 PM)

    tom allport
    a poem telling a story of what to do if one comes face to face with jabberwocky. (Report) Reply

  • Rod Mendieta (12/17/2016 1:07:00 PM)

    Nonsense? Think again!
    Tapestry of whimsical words with musical sonority and secret meanings. The grammar is intact but the words have been magically transformed, and I think the idea is that everyone is free to insert the common parlance term of choice in place and give it all meaning. I did it myself as a game and had a lot of fun. (Report) Reply

  • R Soos (11/21/2016 7:31:00 AM)

    never fails
    This poem never fails to bring a smile to my face. Slumberjonky greatness! And what a great teacher of rhythm! (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron (8/5/2016 12:15:00 PM)

    What fun. I knew a cellist who recited this while accompanying herself. When she came to the battle scene, she weilded her bow like a sword. Great poem! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/5/2016 10:58:00 AM)

    He left it dead! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (8/5/2016 10:48:00 AM)

    Unlike so much uffish tulgey bandersnatch which is posted here, this mimsy is filled with vorpal galumphing. Worthy of a frabjous 10! (Report) Reply

  • Oluwatobi Moses (8/5/2016 10:20:00 AM)

    Wooh! It made my heart hop as young ram, like the jabber wocky! (Report) Reply

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa (8/5/2016 10:18:00 AM)

    just few hours after i finished reading Alice In Wonderland here again i'm meeting with Lewis again... it got me excited, but i must confess i cant figure any meaning out of this. i could use some help. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Amrod (8/5/2016 4:44:00 AM)

    Mister Lewis Carrol's poem was once set to music by Donovan. It is truly worth listening to. Always loved this wild piece. I had a scene in my Alice in Wonderland Rock Opera where a choir recited this. I have also done a piece instrumentally variating the motives in sound. Paul (Report) Reply

  • Renu Tewari (8/5/2016 2:50:00 AM)

    No one uses portmanteau words like Lewis Carroll does. (Report) Reply

  • (5/14/2016 3:35:00 AM)

    A brilliant poem from a brilliant mind. (Report) Reply

  • (4/28/2015 1:32:00 PM)

    I believe this depicts a parents thoughts of the world. A child who has been told many things causing fear. Though he becomes brave and goes out into the world destroying this fear. The parents see their worries were falsely claimed and become joyful of their brave child (Report) Reply

  • (6/17/2014 10:07:00 PM)

    .............still wondering how this poem is in the top 500 poems list....and how could a great writer pen this nonsense.... (Report) Reply

    Glenn Frederick Baker (5/14/2016 3:26:00 AM)

    That is just what makes him great; after all Alice in Wonderland is nonsense. Nonsense is often closer to reality than common sense.

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (4/26/2014 4:29:00 AM)

    This is shocking and intense poem. It needs more understanding to get the message of the poet. Still Great (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus (4/17/2014 3:24:00 PM)

    Lewis Carroll's work still sways our thoughts and emotions, judging by the variety and quantity of comments. I've read this poem several times, and I still like it. I don't fully comprehend Jabberwocky, but neither do I think it is the Nonsense Poem that it is often referred to as. Carroll was a master riddler. (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2013 7:40:00 PM)

    A Really Good Poem From Lewis Caroll (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2001

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 13, 2001

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