Lewis Carroll

(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

My Fancy

Poem by Lewis Carroll

I painted her a gushing thing,
With years about a score;
I little thought to find they were
A least a dozen more;
My fancy gave her eyes of blue,
A curly auburn head:
I came to find the blue a green,
The auburn turned to red.

She boxed my ears this morning,
They tingled very much;
I own that I could wish her
A somewhat lighter touch;
And if you ask me how
Her charms might be improved,
I would not have them added to,
But just a few removed!

She has the bear's ethereal grace,
The bland hyaena's laugh,
The footstep of the elephant,
The neck of a giraffe;
I love her still, believe me,
Though my heart its passion hides;
"She's all my fancy painted her,"
But oh! how much besides!


Comments about My Fancy by Lewis Carroll

  • Rich Tassinari (2/5/2020 11:40:00 PM)

    Great humor. Love is...(I know trite) blind.(Report)Reply

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  • Budhashaya Behera (2/5/2020 8:43:00 PM)

    Love should have trust and this should be within recognition. This poem is very beautiful. Reading a poem of the day means we read a high quality of poem. I thank to the editors to chose this poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/5/2020 1:29:00 PM)

    I love her still, believe me,
    Though my heart its passion hides;
    " She's all my fancy painted her, "
    But oh! how much besides! beautiful poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Declan WhiteDeclan White (2/5/2020 8:31:00 AM)

    His funny valentine.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (2/5/2020 7:44:00 AM)

    Fancy gave eyes of blue. This poem is very nice and interesting one. This gives values to readers. A perfect poem of the day is chosen! ..10(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/5/2020 4:33:00 AM)

    She has the bear's ethereal grace,
    The bland hyaena's laugh,
    The footstep of the elephant,
    The neck of a giraffe;
    I love her still, believe me, ..../// these expressions are really interesting; wonderful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (2/5/2020 3:41:00 AM)

    Ha ha a bit of what you fancy and much more to boot........brilliant Carroll.(Report)Reply

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  • Rebecca NavarreRebecca Navarre (10/11/2016 12:33:00 AM)

    ps, Haven't had tears of laughter in a long time! And this is Perfect for Such! ! ! Thank You Poem Hunter for
    having This! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Rebecca NavarreRebecca Navarre (10/11/2016 12:12:00 AM)

    Simply Precious! ! ! Wonderfully done! ! ! (Yes!) Very Humorous! ! ! Love! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (10/10/2016 4:51:00 PM)

    I need help.... I fell off my chair laughing. I haven't had such fun in a long time. I will not analyze, I will not ponder, I will not examine rhythm or rhyme. Mine is just to read and enjoy! ! !(Report)Reply

    Rebecca NavarreRebecca Navarre(10/11/2016 12:15:00 AM)

    I Really Love Your comments on this! ! !

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  • Mizzy ........Mizzy ........ (10/10/2016 2:28:00 PM)

    Brilliant write.....will funny!(Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (10/10/2016 12:41:00 PM)

    It would be sexist to imagine that there can only be inordinately male-dominated relationships. This piece, in the vein of Carroll's humor, envisions an inordinately female-dominated relationship, and what the perspective of the man who lives within that relationship might be of his physically dominant partner.

    There is also, if I am inferring correctly, the suggestion that there is so much more to a person than that which we initially see when we enter into a relationship, and it is not always apparent what will unfold in the future.

    I know not enough of Carroll's other writings to intelligently conclude anything about his view of women as a whole. The character of this piece's female subject is not un-reminiscent of the Red Queen. If this is an ongoing pattern in his other works, then I would have to conclude that Mr. Carroll did have a pathologic (purposefully employed) view of women.(Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (10/10/2016 12:34:00 PM)

    She has the bear's ethereal grace,
    The bland hyaena's laugh,
    The footstep of the elephant,
    The neck of a giraffe;
    I love her still, believe me,
    Though my heart its passion hides;
    She's all my fancy painted her,
    But oh! how much besides!
    Lewis Carroll has. indeed, painted his muse with fanciful images of animals.
    Yet, he believes that he loves her still. An enigmatic poem that one needs to ponder about.(Report)Reply

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  • Marieta MaglasMarieta Maglas (10/10/2016 12:16:00 PM)

    The fancy lady belongs to the upper-class society of the time because she ''has the bear's ethereal grace, /The bland hyaena's laugh, /The footstep of the elephant''. The poet chose to draw her using poetical words because she was a symbol of this social class. I suppose that Lewis Carroll wanted to depict the main characteristics of that society while describing the manner in which a woman made an effort to be beautiful, powerful, and formidable while being soulless. The idea of Thomas Aquinas was that the woman is a defective male. Aristotle had the same opinion regarding the women.

    I want to add some lines from Portrait of a Lady, a poem written by American-British poet T. S. Eliot.
    ''Well! and what if she should die some afternoon,
    Afternoon grey and smoky, evening yellow and rose;
    Should die and leave me sitting pen in hand
    With the smoke coming down above the housetops;
    Doubtful, for a while
    Not knowing what to feel or if I understand
    Or whether wise or foolish, tardy or too soon...''....As a woman I think it's an interesting poem and a lesson at the same time.Voted 10.(Report)Reply

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  • Onuora IlodibeOnuora Ilodibe (10/10/2016 11:35:00 AM)

    Beautiful.... Her charms might improved
    I would not have them added to
    But a few removed(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (10/10/2016 6:05:00 AM)

    A beautifully conceived wonderful poem penned in lighter vein, thus, making it humorous. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/10/2016 1:26:00 AM)

    I love her still! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • M Parthasarathy (6/19/2016 10:37:00 PM)

    My absolute favorite lines are:

    And if you ask me how
    Her charms might be improved,
    I would not have them added to,
    But just a few removed!

    BRILLIANT!(Report)Reply

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  • Stephen W (7/17/2014 7:28:00 AM)

    I think this is just a silly, humorous piece of nonsense. People are taking it dreadfully seriously: -)(Report)Reply

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  • Serene Sapphire (7/17/2013 6:37:00 AM)

    My fancy gave her eyes of blue,
    A curly auburn head:
    I came to find the blue a green,
    The auburn turned to red.

    These were my favourite. I am your no.1 fan(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002