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,
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Comments about Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

  • (4/17/2009 10:12:00 PM)

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

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  • (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. (Report) Reply

  • (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. (Report) Reply

  • (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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  • (4/17/2008 3:58:00 AM)

    Shining, _Symbolics … wit … (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2007 4:20:00 PM)

    very nice poem, very thoughtful too! (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2007 3:19:00 PM)

    This poem is brilliant (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2007 8:37:00 PM)

    This poem is brilliant! I can't help but smile every time I read it. I've memorized it too. If you liked this poem, you might also like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat by Lewis Carroll:

    Twinkle, twinkle, little bat,
    How I wonder what your at,
    Up above the world you fly,
    Like a tea tray in the sky.

    (PS: I dare to read this out loud without laughing. It's next to impossible!)
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  • (2/16/2007 8:39:00 PM)

    I love this poem and have it almost memorized. I think it is just rollicking good fun. Seher Arif, I wish you had been my high school English teacher. That is a terrific idea for kids to explore the poem. (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2006 9:54:00 AM)

    This is an exciting poem and fun to read. If you had to teach this poem, I guess one way of going about it would be to ask pupils to underline all of the made up words and replace them with other words (that exist in the dictionary) that are close to what Lewis Carroll is trying to convey. Any thoughts? (Report) Reply

  • (10/22/2006 12:46:00 PM)

    I remember this poem from my secondery school days 54yrs ago at Beckfield Lane school York, the class was asked to read it out aloud one by one, when after a few attempts by various pupils, some were good readers, it was found that no one could compleat the first line, instead of explaining the words to us the teacher asked if anyone could read the poem, when no one could it was very upsetting for all as he was a very arrogant and awful teacher, he spent the rest of that class telling us that we were all useless. But now after finding it on the poem Finder I can learn it myself and explain it to my grandchildren. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. A poem to consider learning. (Report) Reply

  • (3/18/2005 7:54:00 PM)

    i love this poem i mdont know why either? ? ? (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2005 5:17:00 PM)

    this to me is the most delicious example of how intent can be used to relate meaning outside of content. (Having just been somewhat incoherent myself, I guess this could be a poor example of the same- sigh.) (Report) Reply

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