Lewis Carroll

(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

Size And Tears

Poem by Lewis Carroll

When on the sandy shore I sit,
Beside the salt sea-wave,
And fall into a weeping fit
Because I dare not shave -
A little whisper at my ear
Enquires the reason of my fear.

I answer "If that ruffian Jones
Should recognise me here,
He'd bellow out my name in tones
Offensive to the ear:
He chaffs me so on being stout
(A thing that always puts me out)."

Ah me! I see him on the cliff!
Farewell, farewell to hope,
If he should look this way, and if
He's got his telescope!
To whatsoever place I flee,
My odious rival follows me!

For every night, and everywhere,
I meet him out at dinner;
And when I've found some charming fair,
And vowed to die or win her,
The wretch (he's thin and I am stout)
Is sure to come and cut me out!

The girls (just like them!) all agree
To praise J. Jones, Esquire:
I ask them what on earth they see
About him to admire?
They cry "He is so sleek and slim,
It's quite a treat to look at him!"

They vanish in tobacco smoke,
Those visionary maids -
I feel a sharp and sudden poke
Between the shoulder-blades -
"Why, Brown, my boy! Your growing stout!"
(I told you he would find me out!)

"My growth is not YOUR business, Sir!"
"No more it is, my boy!
But if it's YOURS, as I infer,
Why, Brown, I give you joy!
A man, whose business prospers so,
Is just the sort of man to know!

"It's hardly safe, though, talking here -
I'd best get out of reach:
For such a weight as yours, I fear,
Must shortly sink the beach!" -
Insult me thus because I'm stout!
I vow I'll go and call him out!


Comments about Size And Tears by Lewis Carroll

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/26/2019 10:39:00 PM)

    My growth is not YOUR business, Sir! "
    " No more it is, my boy!
    But if it's YOURS, as I infer,
    Why, Brown, I give you joy! .../// great writings(Report)Reply

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  • Herbert DryHerbert Dry (10/26/2019 5:23:00 PM)

    Very good read enjoyed it(Report)Reply

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  • Andrew BlakemoreAndrew Blakemore (10/26/2019 4:02:00 PM)

    One of the best poems of carroll(Report)Reply

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  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (10/26/2019 3:09:00 PM)

    Interesting poetic write up on size and the feelings we get when reminded of it.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (10/26/2019 3:56:00 AM)

    They vanish in tobacco smoke,
    Those visionary maids -
    I feel a sharp and sudden poke
    Between the shoulder-blades - a very good poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/26/2019 3:00:00 AM)

    A wonderful humorous poem by Lewis Carroll is well executed.(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (10/26/2019 12:40:00 AM)

    Size and tears, an out of the way poem
    woven well.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (10/26/2018 9:41:00 AM)

    A fun to read poem. Glad he picked a man for bringing out the foolishness of bodily complex through humor.(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (10/26/2018 6:16:00 AM)

    A fun poem from the Master of humour and nonsense. It flows so beautifully with the ear and eye.(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (10/26/2018 5:46:00 AM)

    A wonderful humorous piece of poem, Poet Lewis carroll has nicely weaved into best verse to read!(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (10/26/2018 3:18:00 AM)

    A beautifully penned melodious song and a pleasure to read.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (10/26/2018 1:14:00 AM)

    Such a remarkable write by Lewis Carroll.................(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/26/2018 1:05:00 AM)

    O, pricked I'm-

    Ah me! I see him on the cliff!
    Farewell, farewell to hope,(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (10/26/2017 11:29:00 PM)

    Wonderful narrative with a bit of analysis of human nature.
    Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (10/26/2017 5:55:00 PM)

    A sad but amazing poem. It vividly conveys the predicament of being bullied. Always in constant fear.
    Very timely. We have so much cases about bullying.(Report)Reply

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  • Paul AmrodPaul Amrod (10/26/2017 2:17:00 PM)

    A man who is paranoid with the feeling of permanently being stalked. Maybe is it Carroll's alter ego. Finally he ends the poem in rage by sinking the beach and because is he is stout therefore he calls his stalker out. His Jabberwocky is a wild piece. This one can be found in his Alice in Wonderful which is one of spaciest pieces ever written.(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (10/26/2017 12:20:00 PM)

    A little whisper at my ear
    Enquires the reason of my fear.

    A nice poem to read.(Report)Reply

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  • Md Shahadat HossainMd Shahadat Hossain (10/26/2017 10:44:00 AM)

    there is great rythom in every words I have read. Loved that indeed...(Report)Reply

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  • Kayode Are (10/26/2017 8:39:00 AM)

    Much ado about size only to please the girls it seems.(Report)Reply

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (10/26/2017 6:24:00 AM)

    'Body shaming' is an issue which has a psychological impact upon the person targeted.I wonder whether Louis Carroll wrote on this topic.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002